Hyperrhiz 13: Sensors and databodies
Jay Kirby and Eddie Lohmeyer
North Carolina State University
This kit provides makers with an opportunity to create music through their muscle activity. The project provides instructions to create an Arduino-based muscle sensor to drive data to a Processing script that will synthesize sound. Our processing script uses the Beads library, which allows users to create custom virtual synthesizers. In addition to the body sensors, our project utilizes a "DJ" figure who activates loops and samples. Per our critical essay, we believe this helps to illustrate how machines, technology, and code are embroiled in a system — not just in this project, but in our day-to-day lives.
In our kit we provide Processing scripts for synthesizers and Arduino scripts to gather data from the sensors, both available via Github. We hope our commented code will allow people to easily play with the settings of the synthesizers to create different sounds or with the sensor data to accommodate additional sensors. We also provide step-by-step procedures for setting up the Body-Sonic. Finally, we provide a live video performance of the Body-Sonic filmed and edited so as to indicate the body flexing and making sound in correlation to the numerical readings of the code, and sample audio tracks mixed from performances of the Body-Sonic.