Matthew Kaney at ITP

Physical Computing Final Project Concepts

Physical Computing

Right now, I’m generally interested in interfaces for musical controllers or sequencers. Are there specific movements that could lend themselves to interesting tonal changes? What about some sort of individual components that can be physically manipulated to control some sort of musical structure?


For example, for my midterm project in Automata, I’m building a music box that transforms data punched in paper tape into voice. For that project, I’ll probably be die-cutting/laser-cutting my punched paper strips, but I’m interested in the challenge of how to build a device for punching these strips. Specifically, we have decent interfaces for inputting text and musical notation, but how would a hybrid work (in order to both perform text and lyrics)? Is it possible without a lot of tedious labor for the operator?