The final video for my showcase in EPD.

Prototype B is complete.  This will be used as my final project and final video.

Prototype B is complete. This will be used as my final project and final video.

Working on getting the proximity sensors constructed

Working on getting the proximity sensors constructed

Big things are coming soon…

The future of AYP has now taken a few different turns as far as implementation. I have been working on a new design that involves way more sensors, mostly proximity sensors all around the guitar.

Also, it seems as if there is some interest within my group of peers as far getting the systems installed on their guitars and even on a new custom series of 7 and 8 string guitars.

The future looks bright for Alter Your Performance.

Here is a stutter effect that has an awesome feedback effect once you really get it going.

After 3 days of work I was able to complete the Arduino work and make it talk to MaxMSP.  Time for a much needed Sunday.

After 3 days of work I was able to complete the Arduino work and make it talk to MaxMSP. Time for a much needed Sunday.

Juries went well

This past Wednesday night I presented this project to most of the staff in the Electronic Production and Design department.  They critiqued my work by offering tips on how to sell the product in order to make it more interesting to a passer by.  Most of what they had to say was about my video presentation and that it could be much better.  I prepared my project for this presentation only.  It is private and will probably stay private. 

For the most part everyone had good things to say about the idea and that it is a very musical and creative approach to playing.  None of them seemed the slightest interested in the Max/MSP patch - which is fine with me.  Also, none of them seemed to care about what type of hardware I use in order to accomplish my final project.  I did in a sense accomplish my goal which was to develop the product and get something working successfully.  Now it is time to polish it up and put a bow on top with a killer video for December 8th at the showcase.

"Gated-Synth" effect for guitar. This Max patch tracks the frequency of the notes played by the guitar and is constantly running in the background. The proximity sensor opens a gate that is on the synth and cuts the guitar sound.
Today I successfully mounted the resistor for my prototype on the back of the guitar neck and experimented with a very simple “kill-switch” patch. When used with a delay it has a pretty cool effect.

I have successfully integrated Max4Live into this project so that I can utilize the performance aspects of my patches.  Here is the first video I have shot with everything put together using what I can now, the “gLive” effect.  I thought it was fitting.