Sound glove, part 2

November 21st, 2012

The next thing I wanted to do with the glove is to connect it with the oscillator, not a computer based oscillator, sure. So, it’s practically the same oscillator like my vintage boxed osc, but instead of potentiometers (100K) I wanted to use flex sensors. And it works!

The only thing I find problematic while working with flex sensors is that they break easily when you use it with finger movements and it’s easy to scratch conductive paint from it, which is automatically reflecting on the sound, making commonly raw and sort of screaming oscillator sound even more like ‘motor engine’ soundtrack. Of course, would be nice in the future to use more soft circuits with the oscillators.

What you see on the photos above and bellow is how the connection between the oscillator and the glove has been made – wires soldered to wiring pin line, in order to make it switchable to Arduino -> Pd I wrote about in the first part of this series.

Of course, the final layout for the glove + oscillator is not yet solved, but seems like I’m going to add an additional bracelet with the Arduino and the oscillator on it in order to make it more practical for the concerts and so.

The idea is to explore as much possibilities I could with it. So, the next thing would be adding Arduino Lilypad and the Lilypad Accelerometer on the glove.

I started this thing with the oscillator as a playground for the Arduino Programming Workshop I had this weekend at I’MM_ Media lab, and thanks to workshop lecturer Igor Brkić  for showing me tips and tricks on making reasonable wiring pin connections. And thanks to lab peer Hrvoje Spudić, who made in the first place the osc layout for the oscillator based on the schematics from the book Hand Made Electronic Music by Nicholas Collins.

Related link: Sound glove, part 1


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