June 28th, 2008


The AirPiano is project by Omer Yosha, an Interface Design student from the FH Potsdam (Germany).

The AirPiano is an innovative musical interface which allows playing and controlling software instruments simply by moving hands in the air.

Above the AirPiano is a virtual matrix of keys and faders, each assigned with MIDI messages and ready to be triggered. The length of a triggered note is equivalent to the time a hand
is placed on the corresponding virtual key.
This is also confirmed by LED feedback.
The AirPiano Software allows easy setup, loading/saving presets and transposing notes.

The AirPiano is still in its prototype phase and its concept of a virtual matrix might eventually be used for other applications and purposes.
The AirPiano concept is filled as a Provisional U.S. Patent Application (Number: 60/989,986).

In this video he uses his AirPiano to control Ableton Live.

found at Create Digital Music

ITP Spring Show 2008

May 14th, 2008

Here are 4 projects that I found interesting from the ITP Spring Show 2008. ITP, the Interactive Telecommunications Program, is a two-year graduate program located in the Tisch School of the Arts in New York.

1. BrushBots by Christian Cerrito, small robots are moving over a canvas and paint with their brushes … just watch the video.

2. Speaker Synth by Lesley Flanigan.

Speaker Synth is a five-speaker array with no external audio input, created by Lesley Flanigan. The only components in the system are the instrument’s speakers, piezoelectric microphones, amplifying circuits, and the hands of the performer. Speaker Synth is played by positioning individual piezo microphones with their corresponding speakers and manipulating their associated on/off and volume controls to induce a variation of feedback effects. During the performance, samples from both Speaker Synth and a vocalist are captured and sequenced to build a dense sonic pallet of rhythms and melodies. The performance explores music making through structuring noise, highlighting relationships between analog and digital sound synthesis and between human voice and the voice of an instrument.

Speaker Synth by Lesley Flanigan

Here is a video of a performance with the instrument. (Part 2)

3. The Naked Pixel by Corey Menscher.

The Naked Pixel challenges our notion of decency in public arenas by using an LED tile to represent individual pixels of a nude photograph of Marilyn Monroe sequentially over time. By viewing the piece, the audience is not only unaware of what they are viewing, but their primary visual cortex can not mentally construct the sequence of colors into a coherent image.

Using a light sensor, the piece detects nightfall and further “undresses” each pixel’s color into its binary value by displaying a sequence of ones and zeroes. This further obfuscates the representation of the potentially “obscene” image.

4. The Pasta Cycle by Jason Krugman.

The Pasta Cycle gets its name from an early prototype in which magnets rotating on its surface pushed elbow maccaroni around to form concentric circle patterns. The Pasta Cycle’s 2 x 2 foot box contains a rotating wheel covered in rare Earth magnets. As the wheel is spun around by a motor, it creates varying magnetic fields on the surface of the box, allowing the user to place magnets on it which get dragged along by the magnets on the wheel. The user can then place various materials on the surface of the box that get interfered with by the sliding magnets. Marbles and elbow maccaroni are the two materials of choice at this time.

NOVA 3D LED Display

April 29th, 2008

Nova 3D LED Display at the Zurich train station

This is NOVA, a 3D LED display, developed by the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich to celebrate their 150th anniversary. Here are some numbers: it is build with 25000 lightballs, each containing 12 LED’s. It can display 16 million colors and 25 images per second. It measures 5 by 5 by 1 meter and it is 3.3 tons heavy. Impressive! So if you happen to go to Zurich, make sure you go and check it out in the train stations main hall, it will be there till September 2009.
There are some more photos in tom29ger his Flickr set.

Nova 3D LED Display at the Zurich train station


April 21st, 2008

This years exhibition by the Design Academy Eindhoven in Milan was called ‘Still’. Here are 3 projects that I really liked.

Safely Dangerous Kitchen by Jonathan Ben-tovim‘Safely Dangerous Kitchen’ by Jonathan Ben-tovim. I guess you can’t really reduce it much more.
photo by José van Riele

Soil Lamp by Marieke Staps‘Soil Lamp’ by Marieke Staps. This lamps works with mud, the metabolism of the biological life generates enough electricity to light an LED. The only thing this lamp needs is a little bit of water from time to time.
photo by Rene van der Hulst

Idea of a Clock by Hans Tan

‘Idea of a Clock’ by Hans Tan. I guess this doesn’t need any explanation. Portrait of a Lamp‘ also belongs to this project called The imaginary mass of things’.
photo by Rene van der Hulst


March 5th, 2008

tengu.jpgTengu is a small USB gadget that lip-syncs to music, your voice or … Neat! The brave out there who want to build one themselves should go here.

Moritz Waldemeyer – BBC Culture Show

March 4th, 2008

Moritz Waldemeyer was featured in the BBC Culture Show a few weeks ago. He is a designer / inventor … he does cutting edge things with LED’s etc.; he is the guy behind Hussein Chalayans fashion technology. So for those of you who missed it, you can now watch it here.

Hussein Chalayan Fall Winter 08/09

February 28th, 2008

Hussein Chalayan did some amazing things in the past. Remember that mechanical dress, or the LED display thing and of course the Readings film from last season. So what did he came up with for Fall Winter 08/09? Well see for yourself, fast forward this video to 04:00. Maybe some better footage will popup later, so we can have a better look at it.

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And for those of you who want to see to first part too: go here.


January 13th, 2008

I’m just back from a last minute visit to the From Spark to Pixel exhibition at the Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin. One of the best installations was Visp by Christian Partos.


5 wires, 10 m long with 1000 white LEDs, which all can be switched on and off individually. The 5 light-wires spin like big skipping-ropes, two revolutions per second. A computer, which also revolves, switches the LEDs on and off so that animated patterns are created on the revolving surface. Bitmap pictures, text etc. can be sent to the sculpture via radio link.

image by Regine of we-make-money-not-art

The Stribe

January 9th, 2008

Combine some LED’s with a touch interface and use it as controller; bingo you got me interested! Check out the Stribe. You have to love the development pictures on that website.

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Flat Life

October 15th, 2007


‘Flat Light’ and ‘Flat Time’ by Finn Magee.
found @ MAKE Blog