• Arduino Synthesizer

    Today we made a synthesizer using an Arduino and a five potentiometers.

  • HTML5 Canvas Game

    We've recently started planning out our Canvas based game; Andy and I sat down to plan out a theme/game mechanics and we came up with the following.

  • Project Proposal - DAT201

    We’ve got an exhibition coming up for DAT201, set in the cross-point space of Roland Levinsky. I’ve been toying around with the idea of merging music with technology in a more interactive way. I plan to use a Kinect (or a normal webcam) to detect the motion or patterns of the people walking beneath. As someone enters the space, music will start playing and as the number of people increases different layers of the track can come up in the mix. It might also be possible to detect ‘gestures’ of the people walking below. If I were able to detect those patterns, it would be possible to control the music more intuitively; if a person was to walk in circles it could increase the tempo of the track.

  • DAT201 Project

    For our DAT201 project we've been asked to prepare a performative piece for an exhibition towards the end of the year. I've already started research for the essay exploring technology and art in practice, in which I chose to explore the relationship between music and technology and the evolution of interaction when producing music.

  • Arduino RFID & Accelerometer

    Got the chance to play with a couple of new sensors in today's 206 session. Starting out getting an accelerometer to work, turns out it's pretty simple and spits out some usable values. More excitingly we got to play with RFID tags and readers.

  • Arduino "Sound Machine"

    First DAT206 session of the year and we're already getting stuck into Arduino. Today we made a basic "sound machine" using a light sensor and a buzzer. We read the light sensor value and told the buzzer to go off if the value dropped below 200 (ranges from 0 to 800ish).

  • Semantic App

    For my Semantic app I decided to make a simple todo list application. It's all browser-based, meaning there's no communication with a server. It make use of a couple of HTML5 JavaScript APIs, including LocalStorage and FileReader.

    Try it out here: todo.decnorton.com

  • Plymouth Tea Party

    Today we were tasked with creating a bit of GPS Art, which involves creating art using GPS co-ordinates. I used an application called Open GPS Tracker, which basically keeps a log of your location which can then be exported to a .kmz file.

    We looked at a map of Plymouth and saw the shape of a teapot in the road layout, so we set out to trace it and came up with this:

  • WordPress Database From Multiple Hosts

    As I discussed in a previous post, I like to develop locally using MAMP. This means I keep two separate copies, a development version locally, and a release version on the server. See my previous post for info on how to set up WordPress using MAMP.

  • Developing with WordPress locally

    Up until earlier this year I'd been "going commando" by working directly on the servers using tools like Coda to save and upload straight away. I'd either set up a dev subdomain or work straight on the live site. I'd never really put a thought into developing locally or considered the benefits. The situation arose where I needed to, so recently I've been working with MAMP (Mac, Apache, MySQL, and PHP) installed on my machine. It includes everything you need to run a dynamic website from my local machine.