OMI Arduino Motor Workshop

Here’s a quick video from last Friday afternoon’s OMI workshop, where we looked into using an arduino/Teensy microcontroller to drive a stepper motor.  We found that using one of the external libraries (AccelStepper), you can control the speed of the motor in steps/second, which corresponds to the frequency of the audible sound that the motor generates as it turns.  This sound can be acoustically amplified by holding the motor up against something that resonates - like the top of a desk or an acoustic guitar body - or electromagnetically using a guitar pickup or telephone tap.

Acoustics and Instrument Building - Round II

MUSI 371 / ENAS 344 Musical Acoustics and Instrument Design is back in full swing for the spring 2016 semester.  In case you missed us last time, here are links to an article and video describing the concept behind the class:

Workshop: Introduction to SuperCollider

This coming Thursday and Friday are the first workshops of the year.  SuperCollider headlines.  Meanwhile, today from 3-5pm we will be hanging out in Stoeckel Hall room 405 trying to get the Raspberry Pi 7” LCD touch screen to work.  Good times guaranteed for all!  For info about the workshops this week, please see below (copied from the poster above.)

First OMI Meetup

The first OMI meetup was held last Thursday. We installed Ubuntu 14.04 alongside Windows 8 on a custom-made desktop and installed a low-latency kernel and some additional packages.  Ultimately, we want to have a turn key system whereby it is simple for anyone to install our custom image.  For that, though, we cannot use the same system (CloneZilla) that we use to deploy images to the cluster machines.

Musical Acoustics and Instrument Building

We are offering a new course this semester in musical acoustics and instrument design, ENAS 344/MUSI 371.

The class meets in the Center for Engineering Innovation and Design (CEID), and is being co-taught by myself and Larry Wilen, from Engineering and Applied Science.

Check out the course website for more information!

Music 295a: Electronic Dance Music!

Music 295a: Electronic Dance Music has now begun!  The class is a survey of the aesthetic and historical developments in the essential techniques of synthesis, sampling, MIDI sequencing, and digital mixing and production. It focuses on the evolving genres of electronic dance music, including remixing, ambient, drum and bass, dub-step, hip-hop, house, techno, trance, and trap. Students create their own remixes which they must perform in class.  Check it out!


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