|John Van Duzer Theatre|
The HLH is the first foray for the Humboldt Microcontrollers (MCUs) Group into connecting music with light. Nick A has done a little music-into-light on his own, but the HLH will be the first collaborative group project for this type of application. It will be fun to see where the HLH leads. If we can involve some of the fabulous Humboldt musicians with our projects to visualize music with LEDs and lasers, including some of the Humbodt State University students and instructors, the sky's the limit. Maybe in a couple years there will be a Humboldt Electronic Light Orchestra performance at the Van Duzer!
|Echo Rises 800+ LED music-into-light system|
The Hack A Day post "800+ LED Wall With Diffuser Panel is a Work of Art" was the catalyst for today's blog post. It shows a music-into-light system from Echo Rises. If you watch the video in this post closely, you'll see its title or subtitle is 'How To Visualize Music Using LEDs.' For the Humboldt Electronic Light Orchestra, I'd like to extend that theme to include lasers. The Hack A Day post gives this overview of the Echo Rises system controlled by a Teensy MCU:
"What happens when you take over 800 individually addressable super bright RGB LEDs and house them in a giant diffused panel? You get awesome...[Epoch Rises] is a small electronic music and interactive technology duo who create cool interactive projects...for their live shows and performances. They love their WS2812B LEDs...it can take any video input, it can be controlled by sound or music, an iPad, or even generate random imagery by itself. The 800 LEDs are controlled by a Teensy 3.0 using the OctoWS2811 library...which is capable of driving over 1000 LEDs at a whopping 30FPS using just one Teensy microcontroller."
Hack A Day also did an interview with Paul Stoffregen, the creator of the Teensy, talking about his latest version, the Teensy 3.1. You can buy the Teensy 3.1 direct from Paul's website, or from the regular places like SparkFun. I don't know of anyone who's used the Teensy, but I foresee that happening in Humboldt before too much longer.
If you think it would be interesting, challenging and fun to help create eight or ten unique Humboldt music-to-light different but complementary systems that would form the nucleus of an awesome performance, show up tomorrow, July 23, for the next meeting of the Humboldt Microcontrollers Group. At the meeting we'll talk a little about the Humboldt Laser Harp, and also review Serial Peripheral Interface, the subject of Jeremy Blum's #8 Arduino video tutorial. See you from 6 - 8 PM at 1385 8th Street, Arcata, California, USA.