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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.

Demoing Holofunk

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 :-)

Coming Soon

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
  • panning
  • volume
  • reverb
  • delay
  • effect recording
  • VST support

Well, maybe not that last one quite yet, but we’ll see.  And of course practice, practice, practice!

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Written by robjellinghaus

2012/06/09 at 00:20

Posted in Holofunk, Uncategorized

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  1. […] Jellinghaus is also working on a Kinect music project — see video of Holofunk Jam. Rob and Tim have been corresponding for some time, wanting to find a time to check out each […]


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