Synthux Hackathon 2023


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Daisy seed microcontroller
A subtle stirring
Performance instrument

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University of Victoria
Our project presents a novel interpretation of the traditional acoustic singing bowl, which incorporates the contemplative physical act of stirring. Through the implementation of this concept, the device provides positive reinforcement to the user for maintaining a consistent circular motion with the stir stick, resulting in the production of more complex and gratifying sounds. Conversely, when the stirring motion ceases or becomes less steady, the auditory output gradually diminishes. Ultimately, we created an instrument for producing ambient tones.
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the tech

How does it work?

To build our idea, we used the gen~ library of Max MSP in conjunction with the Daisy Seed. We connected a joystick controller to the Daisy, which provided X and Y values to the program. These were then evaluated over time to determine the consistency of the stirring. As the stirring rate remained stable, an internal 'score' value was incremented, which in turn caused the synth's sound to become louder and more harmonically complex. On the contrary, when the stirring became inconsistent, the score value would be decremented, leading to a decrease in the intricacy of the sound.
Open source code
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