Life has been busy in Holofunk land! First, a new video:
While my singing needs work at one point, the overall concept is finally actually there: you can layer things in a reasonably tight way, and you can tweak your sounds in groups.
Holofunk Jam, June 23rd
I have no shortage of feature ideas, and I’m going to be hacking on this thing for the foreseeable future, but in the near term: on June 23rd I’m organizing a “Holofunk Jam” at the Seattle home of some very generous friends. I’m going to set up Holofunk, demo it, ask anyone & everyone to try it, and hopefully see various gadgets, loopers, etc. that people bring over. It would be amazing if it turned into a free-form electronica jam session of some kind! If this sounds interesting to you, drop me a line.
There have been two public Holofunk demos since my last post, both of them enjoyable and educational.
Microsoft had a Hardware Summit, including the “science fair” I mentioned in my last post. I wound up winning the “Golden Volcano” award in the Kinect category. GO ME! This in practice meant a small wooden laser-etched cube:
This was rather like coming in third out of about eight Kinect projects, which is actually not bad as the competition was quite impressive — e.g. an India team doing Kinect sign language recognition. The big lesson from this event: if someone is really interested in your project, don’t just give them your info, get their info too. I would love to follow up with some of the people who came, but they seem unfindable!
Then, last weekend, the Maker Faire did indeed happen — and shame on me for not updating this blog in realtime with it. I was picked as a presenter, and things went quite well, no mishaps to speak of. In fact, I opened with a little riff, aand when it ended I got spontaneous applause! Unexpected and appreciated. (They also applauded at the end.)
I videoed it, but did not record the PA system, which was a terrible failure on my part; all the camera picked up was the roar of the people hobnobbing around the booths in the presentation room. Still, it was a lot of fun and people seemed to like it.
My kids had a great time at the faire, too. Here they are watching (and hearing) a record player, for the very first time in their lives:
True children of the 21st century :-)
I’ll be making another source drop to http://holofunk.codeplex.com soon — trying to keep things up to date. And the next features on the list:
- effect selection / menuing
- effect recording
- VST support
Well, maybe not that last one quite yet, but we’ll see. And of course practice, practice, practice!