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I was due to build a proper robot. This tilted wheel robot is a concept I explored back in 2008, one of my first arduino project. It was time to build a new one, so I picked up a few parts and put this thing in 11 hours.

https://github.com/maxdee/alc_freeliner

Seems to work quite quite well!

landr, the cloud audio mastering startup, re-invited me to create something for their office expansion party. I have recently added LED mapping to alcFreeliner, combined with some projections and my green+blue laser yielded a satisfying result.

New work in progress.
Modified screens and software.
Maxime Damecour – 2015

With code based on flowfields from Daniel Shiffman’s Nature of Code
http://natureofcode.com/book/chapter-6-autonomous-agents/

New airline compatible kinetic sculpture.

After making hardware and software for lasers to produce live visuals, similar to VJing, I started to play with projectors. I had avoided them due to their cost, which was the reason I started to work with lasers in the first place.

Projectors are very powerful tools, no other device can control light like them. When my laser developments leveled out, I started thinking about working with projectors as a light source. My friend and co-founder of the aziz!Light Crew (a!Lc), Zap, demonstrated a simple processing sketch that did so. There was no turning back, the potential was too great.

I started developing summer 2013 while in residency with Incident.net in Briant France and haven’t stopped since. After a few radical changes in the architecture, the current version provides a feature full headless tool to interact with just about anything.

Using a mouse cursor the user can interact with wherever the projector’s pixels go. Left click places vertices, right click removes them, and middle click breaks the chain. Groups of vertices can be linked with one or more renderer which apply different effects to the geometry provided.

This software is headless, all of the control is done via mouse and keyboard. This brings the user’s focus away from their computer screen and into the space. A wireless mouse/keyboard system is ideal as the user can move through the space while interacting with it. There is no state saving function, the software is aimed at spontaneous improvisations.

This software is fairly lightweight and can be run on older hardware. Multiple “outdated” laptops can control respective projectors. Using Synergy, it is possible to share mouse and keyboard across a network. Using OSC, all of the instances can be played by live patching with PureData and MIDI controllers. Other tools such as LEDs can also be controlled from the same patch known as the Grand Master Flash (GMF), named after the pioneer DJ who shared a DIY tool creation process.

I am very excited about a overdue or should I say ripe release. The code has been on github, but with no documentation and unstable developments.
This tool would be great for people who would like to play with projectors. It should be very accessible to youngsters and without requiring expensive hardware. Kind of like the MS-Paint of projection mapping.

For now here is the repo: https://github.com/maxdee/alc_freeliner

netune_patch

Over the past few years I have been working on real-time packet sonification.
Packets are bundles of information our networked devices exchange. All of the Internet you see is delivered to you in little packets from all over the place.
Like a envelope, these packets have to and from addresses. I pass this flow of packets to puredata in order to turn the addresses into sounds. As I access the internet, all of my traffic is audible.

This project was presented at Eastern Bloc for the Fauxlab show, as a live installation which invited people to browse and hear this underlying system.

Here is an audio sample. Reverse DNS lookups are performed and passed to a text to speech system.

Here is a visual representation of similar data.
full_of_packets

architext

The NT2 laboratory was celebrating their 10th anniversary and commissioned me to make something.

Since the lab deals with “hypermedia and literature” I proposed interactive text projection mapping. They passed me a eight part lexicon and I came up with archiText.

Inspired from my work on Aziz!LightCrew’s freeLiner ephemeral projection mapping software, archiText explores the intersection of text and architecture.

Two participants can assemble words in literal or visual form, with the help of two wireless computer mice placed on plinths in front of the projection surface.

A first click of the mouse places a starting point. As the participant moves the mouse around, words of appropriate length are displayed. The angle determines which of the lexicons to source words from. Words can only be used once. Right clicking provides a undo action.

At work I needed to modify a boss CS-3 and GE-7 to stay always on. These pedals are part of an instalation and needs to be power plug and play. After a bit of googling I found a true bypass kit with a install guide for Boss pedals.

For the CS-3 remove R20.
For the GE-7 remove R48.