Proximity)))

Something I’ve been meaning to do for a while, last week I picked up a Parallax Ping ultrasonic sensor and integrated it with a Pd patch. The result is a theremin-like instrument you can control with your hands by mapping their proximity to the sensor to triggers or values in your patch. Mapping, physicality, and sound all represent the business of this class leading up to the creation of more engaging and complex digital musical instruments.

As an aside, I recently finished an initial reading of Chris Salter’s Entangled: Technology and the Transformation of Performance. Lots of coherent theory and practice outlined in this text. Architecture and performance play a vital role in our new media landscape, the history of which is being written even now.