Posts Tagged ‘ interactivity ’

017: NUI Group

NUI Group: Natural User Interface group has produced many interesting projects on interaction. Personally I like this one the best which is about sound design and dj-ing.

Community member Christian Bannister explains the project:

The big picture goal of this project is to bridge the gap between sound visualization and musical instrument. With multi-touch interaction it is possible to manipulate multiple characteristics of a sound—directly and visually. Right now a lot of electronic music involves staring at the back of the performers laptop. This is a shame because in many cases a lot of really interesting things are happening on the computer that the audience is completely unaware of. This project hopes to create a common visual language and experience for the electronic musician and the audience by enhancing the perception of sound and music on both sides.

These sketches are built with Processing and Max/MSP networked with OSC on a single computer. The music side of things (the Max patch) has been in development for a very long time. The Processing aspect is all brand new. It is really exciting to pair the existing audio features with new visual features. It is really fascinating how the music starts to sound different when the techniques for performing it change. These tracks sound a lot different being performed on the multitouch screen than they did when I first started working them up in Logic. It is hard to explain but it makes you think differently about the music and forces to to respond in different ways.

This is my third multitouch build. The build is a 40’’ x 30’’ acrylic on aluminum frame with a a four corner llp configuration. I am running Community Core Vision with a single PS3 eye camera. I am using Digiline Contrast film and an older Infocus DLP projector. The music is composed with Logic, Reaktor, Massive, electric guitar, electric bass and tons of samples.

In the performance of electronic music it is fairly common that the audience is alienated from the process and performance of the musician.



003 : (Youtube) Max/MSP & sensor & water experiment

A very cool experiment with Max/MSP

002 : v.1

I’ve written this proposal before applying for this course. There are things to be fixed and researched, and maybe slightly changed. But it would give you a roughly idea on my project .

Enjoy and please do give me feedbacks!

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Research question:

The issue that I wish to explore through the MA course is based on typography. Typefaces have been developed for decades during changes in society, history changes, evolution, from Old Style to Modern, etc. I would like to focus on the modern period. In the early 50’s, there is a development in design. From the influence of postwar began a concept of idealism. Early experiment of modern period includes re-build, re-construct, and be more open as well as the introduction of technology. Types have been used everywhere and on everything, such as signs, posters, banners, etc. They become a part in our life. How does typography affect human life? Can it express feelings, branding, and identity through digital medium?


I will be looking at the history changes of typography from 17th Century to 19th – 20th Century especially Modernism. Also I will explore artists such as Wim Crouwell who is a modernist, Matthew Carter who is a type designer, as well as Haas Type Foundry which is the place Helvetica was created and how this typeface is a badge of modernist. There are also other artists I would like to research such as Stefan Sagmeister who designs his own typefaces to represent himself through various mediums including digital. And David Carson who has done new experiment with types and once noted that something legible does not mean it communicates.


Basically I would plan to research from typography books and articles. But mainly I would observe London, particularly in the city, through drawing and photography to discover how typefaces express all kinds of things and our emotional responses because a typeface can speak in different ways. Also I would search and collect informations through museums, films, and artists collections to observe ideas, changes in history, new experiments on typography. I would plan to use technology and digital mediums to produce an interactive installation, based on investigation and observation to represent type as being not just words. They can carry a lot of meanings in all kind of ways and people can interact with them.


I will use Final Cut Pro, Adobe After Effects to mainly produce motion graphics/digital video and other applications as well as Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator. I will also use traditional mediums such as drawing and photography.

Also I would like to present this project in interactive installation so I can experiment on how people actually interact with the concept. Which all methods will be further researched.