Over the weekend I broke out my LEAP Motion Controller for the first time, hooked it up to Max, and started experimenting. I did a couple of videos of that experimentation, the second of which showcases some basic audio manipulation i did using the aka.leapmotion object and the grainstretch~ object:
Currently, i’m typing this blog entry in the electronic music studio at Tulane. I got in here around 22:30 and spent a good hour or so familiarizing myself with the space here – the mapping of the mixing board, how that maps to the 8-channel speaker set up, and also some Reaper basics (since at home I use Audacity) and how to control that 8-channel space. I had a tough time remembering some of what Rick showed me when he introduced me to the space last week, and 8-channel sound is a very new animal to me, so it took me a bit longer to figure it out than i would have liked, but i figured it out and started building some of the vocabulary of the sounds in Reaper in the way that i wanted as a starting point.
After i did that, i got out of the lab, walked around a little bit in the quiet of the now-locked music building, and started some hard thinking. I thought about my weekend LEAP experiments, i thought about my experience with the In The Grid concert here, and I tried to put into focus what I wanted to accomplish with this piece – mainly whether or not the piece should be a pure audio-only piece with no added elements, or if it should be an interactive one that potentially uses the LEAP as its interactive instrument and conduit. Mainly i was trying to answer the big question: would using the LEAP for the piece be something that ultimately enhances it or detracts from it?