Cell Phone-Based Beat Sequencer

Kyle McDonald‘s cell phone-based beat sequencer, a small-crowd improvisation interface.

Here’s what McDonald has to say about the project:

Developed in an afternoon with a webcam, projector, and Open Frameworks. Squares of the video are thresholded for average brightness, and when the line reaches them MIDI notes are sent to Reason.

This was mostly inspired by “I Eat Beats” vimeo.com/625464 which could only support two or three hands simultaneously — I wanted to allow for more people simultaneously.

This first performance/demo is from a local open mic. Next time I’d like to get some more musicians involved — maybe a bassist and kit drummer improvising with the crowd…?

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