The date for the IOCT showcase looms – i have just over a week to decide exactly what i want to put on, and prepare the practical stuff (as well as doing the writeup for the colour organ piece).
My original plan was to add a control system to the organ, building a reactable style control table. While i still want to build this, given the time constraints i don’t think it’s practical. Also i’m wondering at the relevance of the technology, and given the potentially home-made nature of the product its reliability. Had i focussed on this for the performance technologies project i might have been able to spend more time testing it and be a bit more positive about it. I’m not ruling it out at this stage but i’ll see how i feel after i’ve done a bit more work on other stuff!
My main focus will be adapting the ‘colour organ’, breaking it into smaller parts which still incorporate some participation but will hold up reliably in the more chaotic environment of the showcase. Currently i’m thinking the web search / musical analysis part will focus on a specific flickr group, and produce music from provided images which is much less random – so, for example, the same image will produce roughly the same piece of music each time. I could have the feed live-updated with images from the showcase.
The live camera input(s) will focus more on movement detection, rather than colours – I have some pre-recorded video clips that i can use to demo this, and may have a couple of webcams about the place which detect, say, people entering the building, and play some music accordingly. I might also feature a lava lamp here – yep.
I could also do a ‘take your photo, see what you sound like’ booth thing – perhaps subtracting the background image and focussing on the face / clothes of the person. I’ll see how much i get done!
I’m going to build everything around this website, and include some audio works too. So i’ll need a means of playing music from soundcloud as well – perhaps an ipad / headphones, maybe a laptop / iMac.
I need to think about the kit I’ve already got, and how to use it – i don’t want to ‘waste’ the projector i found and not use it.