October 4, 2017

So after yesterday we came back to the drawing board from what we had researched the night before and based on Yiyi’s attempts we were able to use 3 LED sensors to change the pitch of the sensors. So, it is one note that all three sensors are changing – because we are averaging the sound coming from Ableton.

We kept the example code that we used from yesterday, from: (remember to download the media library.) But this is changed to a multiple sensor code now, as we are using two more LED sensors. Which we worked on and figured out.

Here is the Fritzing sketch of the new breadboard multiple sensor set up:


We also did CHANGE using Garage Band to going back and using Ableton Live Lite 9.

The three LED sensors change:

  1. Either of the three sensors change the pitch and that will influence the value of the serial port reads
  2. More light will increase the pitch
  3. Less light will decrease the pitch

This is a video to highlight the change we added to our experiment:

We also started to talk more about the visual presentation side of our presentation…

We decided that:

  1. We need a white sheet or sheet of some kind to cover the stool we have
  2. The speaker will go inside the stool (the stool is upside down)
  3. We will get little flowers to put on top of the legs
  4. We have to build a box and interactive system to people can also use the sensors – talk to Reza
  5. We will also need to use a table to people can use the LED lights in the box we built

We also have our meeting at 1:30 P.M. – 1:45 P.M. with Nick and Kate to talk about our experiment and see what they have to say about it.

A few questions have we have:

  1. Yiyi and Savaya keep having the Hairless Midi crash and we want to know why – later question
  2. More about the presentation / what it should look like
  3. Interactive building box of the sensors – how people can use them unlike us / setting maybe?
  4. Which wire can we use for the soldering for the box?
  5. Clarify a few things about the blog too
  6. We want to ask if we could use actual music and not pitch..??
  7. Can we use these sensors for different things?

*The answers to these questions for Nick and Kate are answered in the MEETING WITH KATE AND NICK blog post.  

Before our meeting we played with what kind of music / instrument we likes for the sound. The instrument for us has to stay the same for all three of the LED sensors we have wired.

Things we found while doing this:

  1. We found really good bass instruments but when we would use our LED sensors the water wouldn’t be as affected by the change, so we had to focus more on the note being changed and less on the base.
  2. The light would sometimes not change anything because the pitch and base was too light – we needed something heavier.
  3. We sourced: Basicsinelike as the instrument and we have Break Booty 130 BBP for the base.

This is a picture to show what we landed on:


Here is a video of the process / a first look at our almost final project:

After our meeting with Kate and Nick we started to assemble the visual presentation of our project.

We went and spoke to Reza about building a box so people can come and use a light on their phone to work the LED sensors. And it looks nice in our presentation too.

Here are images and video to showcase the process of building the box for our LED sensors:





Here is a image of the final box product we made for the LED sensors for our presentation:


After building our box we tested it out to see if it would work and it did!

So… we have completed our experiment / project! To read more about our final project go to the Finale page listed in our menu options.

Stay tuned for when we post our DAY SEVEN blog post that will feature our final presentation and people interacting with Water Bounce.

End of day five.