Physical Computing


Compose:Me by Student
October 17, 2009, 12:40 pm
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Compose:Me is designed as a toy to help kids learn music, recognize notes and compose some simple music.

Compose:Me

The device was designed to look like a piece of sheet music (although we did not end up drawing the lines of the staff in our prototype) where you can place magnets that function as notes.  The notes are then automatically played in a loop and can be changed in realtime.

There are eight different columns where you can place notes (magnets) and you can place either one or two notes per column.  We are working on increasing this number so that chords can be played. Currently the odd rows correspond to the notes EGBDF and the even rows correspond to FACE.  The LEDs at the top of the columns indicate which column of notes are being played. At the bottom of each column is a switch that can change the length of the note between short or long.  The overall tempo can be changed with the rightmost slider and the cycle speed of the LEDs changes to match the tempo. The device has internal speakers but can also play the music on earphones or external speakers. The volume is controlled by the leftmost slider.

After presenting this project in our Physical computing course we went to the Valand School of Fine Arts to present it at an experimental music exhibition on October 16, 2009.

We received some very positive feedback and it has encouraged us to keep on working on the device.
Our first goal in improving Compose:Me is to upgrade it so it can handle more than two tones at a time.  Other ideas we have are to create similar devices that can interact with each other and make Compose:Me communicate with a computer to be able to play more complex sound with it.

Compose:Me at Valand

David and Eric presenting Compose:Me at the Valand School of Fine Arts with our biggest fan Alex.

Eric Hauchecorne and David Marshall for group 13



Meet ANARUGUSUKURATCHI! by Student
September 23, 2009, 1:10 pm
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ANARUGUSUKURATCHI front

Using the chuckles circuit we have created the latest in Disco Tech, namely the ANARUGUSUKURATCHI. It is a colorful DJ turn table which will light up any party. It has a speaker and three LEDs on the front which blinks to the music you create. It comes with a set of 7 paper discs which are attached to the side and don’t forget to turn on the light on top!

ANARUGUSUKURATCHI back

As you see on the back the LDRs get different amount of light when you turn the discs and thus creates the music and releases your and your guests inner Disco Stu!

WARNING: may create headaches if used for too long without break, do not dip in water, do not disassemble ANARUGUSUKURATCHI on your own but go to your nearest ANARUGUSUKURATCHI certified electrician.
(Batteries not included)
By Group 1


ROTF / Records of the Future by Student
September 23, 2009, 7:25 am
Filed under: Inspiration | Tags: ,

ROTF is a concept by Mike Clare and Jonathan O’Conner and I found it on Vimeo. It´s tiny discs that look like LP-records and represents a song. If you place the record on the tiny “turntable” the computer will play that song.

I like the idea of moving the storage from the medium to the computer/internet, but of course it’s more fun than practical.

Åke Wivänge – group 4