Handheld controller from Argentina – brewed entirely with open source tools, shared as an open source tool. Images courtesy the artist.

Knowledge on how to build dazzling new interfaces for music is spreading. And because musical performance depends on sharing knowledge and practice, that could have a transformative effect. Literally as I’m walking out the door to leave for a showcase of gestural performance in Berlin, I get a chance to look at this team from Argentina. They’re purposely giving away the plans for their open source live performance instrument, built in turn with open source hardware (Arduino) and software (free graphical development environment Pd).

It’s nice to see a sympathy with American artist (residing in Germany) Onyx Ashanti, since Onyx has described a performance idiom that embraces more of this improvisatory gestural music in electronics (calling it things like “beatjazz,” though I believe he’s searching for new nomenclature). See, previously:
Way Out From Behind The Laptop: Onyx Ashanti’s Beatjazz-Augmented Body Keeps Mutating

Here, that continues to develop, in a system with hardware and software that’s fairly understandable. Take input from a joystick and gyro sensors, and use your hands to fly through loops and sounds. You can check out all the schematics and software from this team and make your own – or modify it, and share those modifications, evolution-style.

Lovely work by Agustin Augustinoy and Urias Montanaro, studying at FAUD – UNC – Córdoba Argentina.

Full project files and the like, plus a community:
http://muditmusic.wix.com/mudit

  • ibt

    Sonics aside, the gestural interface reminded me instantly of this video http://youtu.be/U1L-mVGqug4 of the late
    Michel Waisvisz, Steim

    • http://pkirn.com/ Peter Kirn

      Yes, absolutely. That’s where a lot of this stuff can really trace its origins.

  • Mr President

    Better than Onyx Ashanti.. Anyway gestural control is really imprecise and quite random (filter cutoff apart)
    It takes a lot of faith

    • cheese

      actually its not, if you know how to use the sensors that enable it. its merely having a mental spatial map for your body and assigning that to stuff. easy and expressive.

  • Brendan Clarke

    Very cool looking, very pretty videos and photos. I’m a bit suspicious
    of how heavily edited the videos are though… Has anyone come up with
    unedited footage showing how it works musically? There is another “assembly”
    video that shows the electronics being connected together with
    female-female jumper wires. From experience, to me that seems … less
    than optimal for something that’s being swung around during live
    performances. Not to diminish the work put into the prototype though! It
    looks great! Hope to hear more from Agustin and Urias on this!

  • http://www.facebook.com/don.agus D.i. Don Agus

    Hi, I am part of the mudit project and YES it’s heavy edited, at the moment I have some trouble with the loops so I can’t play over a recent record but every sound of the video it’s made with the interface itself, the edition was only putting one over the other. Aside from that, the female female configuration was to make it easy to construct it, the Idea it’s to make it free and easy and without the need of soldering anything. IT’s not perfect but the plastic enclosure for the electronics keep everything really tight and since now I haven’t had disconnection problems. The only thing I don’t like at the moment are the battery. This is just an idea, the key part it’s the easy, the open source and the shell, allowing anyone to get it on a cheap easy technology, that’s the key. we hope some people make their own mudits and share there thoughts and experiences to make possible an evolution of the project and hopefully, some day, turn it into a real practical useful tool for musicians.

    • Brendan Clarke

      Cool! Thanks for the info – I’ll be looking forward to some more videos soon! It would indeed be nice to see a version with a rechargeable LiPo or something. Is it running on a 9V now?

    • http://www.facebook.com/don.agus D.i. Don Agus

      Yes, I use some rechargeable 9v batterys. They are easy to charge and cheap, but don’t last too long.