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June Bay Area Computer Music Technology Meetup @ Digidesign

  • Jun 12, 2008 · 7:00 PM
  • Digidesign

Thank you to Digidesign for hosting our June meetup! NOTE: due to a horrible cold Giles Bowkett has to reschedule his presentation on the Ruby Audio application Archaeopteryx. The rescheduled presentation (which will likely be in July) may also be accompanied by a ruby hack session for the ruby related audio projects that are in progress.

Our excellent presenters this month will be:
* Digidesign project manager and electronic music composer Bobby Lombardi (http://www.digidesign...) will present on topics in Plug-In design. A video on his recent project, the guitar amp modeling plugin Eleven, can be seen here in the "Behind Eleven" video:

* CNMAT Researcher Andrew Schmeder will present on the micro-OSC project. Micro-osc is Open Sound Control (OSC) running natively on a $25 PIC18F microcontroller board. The firmware itself is scheduled to be released in June. Andy will bring instruments and sensors built on the platform and will also give a quick review the OSC format. More about OSC: http://opensoundcontr...

* Lightning talks from 7 - 7:30pm (Adam Murray on Max & jRuby, Ge Wang on the formation of the Laptop Orchestra of the Left, and Digi Folks?). If you would like to give a lightning talk on a music technology related talk send me an email or just arrive prepared and find me (Noah Thorp) at the event.

Please RSVP as there will be sign in at the front desk: http://electronicmusi...

Note, this one is on the second Thursday of the month (June 12th) rather than our usual first Thursday of the month. Also, we are starting at 7pm rather than 7:30. Snacks will be provided.

More about the OSC talk from Andy:
micro-OSC (uOSC) is a high-performance multi-function firmware for low-cost microprocessors that interfaces sensor acquisition and control functions to a host computer using the Open Sound Control (OSC) protocol over a class-compliant USB-serial connection. The software design incorporates considerations specifically related to requirements of musical interfaces such as time-accurate sampling and reconstruction in a real-time interactive context. Other features of note include; rewritable unique device id, floating point normalized analog conversions, persistent device state store/recall, OSC "wildcard" dispatching, clock synchronization, support for regulated 3.3v sensors, and other special hardware functions. uOSC runs on multiple platforms featuring the Microchip PIC18F USB series processor, starting at $25 US retail from internet retailers.

In this presentation Andy will show some details about the design of the uOSC software, the hardware it runs on, performance metrics for a device of this type, and a demo of it running on a tiny prototype board. Andy will bring and/or describe some instruments and other sensoriffic gadgets powered by uOSC including the MagIMU, Tablo, Kalimba, and Hyperdrum.


Andrew (Andy) Water Schmeder was born on November[masked] at home in Point Richmond, California. He received a BA in Mathematics from UC Berkeley (2002) and now works as a research programmer at the Center for New Music and Audio Technologies, UC Berkeley. His favorite programming language is Mathematica, and his favorite fruit is the avocado. His heros are Spiderman and Marvin the Depressed Android.

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  • Ray E.

    Great meeting - a lot of interesting topics covered quickly leaving more time for two main speakers.

    June 13, 2008

  • Aure

    The speakers were excellent and the audience was top notch at asking great questions but not stepping on the speakers toes or interrupting too often.

    June 13, 2008

  • A former member
    A former member

    The discussion/demonstrations were all interesting and informative. Ge's discussion of the aesthetics of the Laptop Orchestra of the Left was downright exciting. His ideas and intentions for computers are beautifully musical. He's inspired me to try building a laptop instrument that uses voice as a controller.

    June 12, 2008

  • kevin

    i would love to be there, but unfortunately have prior engagements for the evening. will the talks be filmed or recorded in any way?

    May 29, 2008

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