via DeftAudio – a quick demo of a new laser harp, 40K points/s, X-Y scanning, 300mW version.
Seeing this makes me think that the world needs an inexpensive DIY laser harp kit. Visually, they make stunning MIDI controllers, but they’ll need to be available and affordable before musicians will really be able to explore their potential.
A couple of years ago, we featured Steve Mobley’s impressive DIY laser harp. He estimated the cost of building his harp at around $600. He’s posted updated information on his laser harp at his site.
There are lots of small companies creating excellent DIY kits for electronic musicians now – so I wonder if there’s enough interest in laser harps to make a kit viable.
What do you think of the idea of a laser harp kit? Would you be interested in building one? And, if so, what would you be willing to pay for one?
A short demonstration of the MLGI (Multi- Laser Gestural Interface) designed by Meason Wiley at California Institute of the Arts.
Strap it on a dolphin, and you’d have a lethal weapon.
The Multi- Laser Gestural Interface is an open source and modular ?free-gesture? controller that uses beams of laser light along with photo resistors to create a physical, fluid musical instrument.
With the MLGI, Wiley is attempting to bring a physical interactivity to electronic music performance. By removing the performer from behind the laptop, the audience becomes aware of the performer?s interaction with the controller, which creates an instant visual connection between the sound and the performer.
The MLGI was created using Dan Overholt?s multi I/O CREATEUSB or CUI interface, which, along with the programming language ChucK, can be made to send MIDI or OSC via USB port.