When it comes to how you like your music?
It all comes down to a simple case…
Of personal ‘rathers’.
Would you RATHER, via a simple hand gesture…
Play music at your request.
[via Technology Review] When Navneet Dalal listens to music on his computer, he doesn’t want any keyboard taps or mouse-button clicks to interrupt the experience. He’d rather just hold up an open palm to play or pause the tunes.
Dalal is cofounder of Flutter, a startup that offers simple software that lets users control ordinary computer apps with such simple gestures. Flutter emerges as gesture controls are becoming increasingly popular on consumer devices: Microsoft’s Kinect motion sensor brought it to the Xbox, and the company now sells a Kinect for Windows setup that encourages users to build applications using the technology. Samsung, meanwhile, has added it to some of its TVs.
Unlike existing gesture-control software that is only available on certain devices or that requires special hardware, Flutter harnesses a regular webcam. Anyone can download the free software, which was released in a public “alpha” testing phase last month (it’s currently available just for Macs). Flutter users can control the play and pause functions on iTunes and Spotify by holding up a flat, open palm. [Read More]
Would you RATHER…
Be serenaded via your creepy Robot Overlords.
Four of Drexel’s HUBO robots perform the Beatles’ “Come Together” in a demonstration that combines cutting-edge engineering technology and research with creative expression, produced by the Music & Entertainment Technology Laboratory (MET-lab). The HUBOs are operating autonomously (not human-controlled). Their movements are directed by student-developed software to perform the gestures necessary to produce the appropriate notes and beats as dictated by a musical score. Every sound in the video was performed by the robots.
MET-lab student Matthew Prockup created the musical arrangement for drum kit and three “Hubophones”, novel percussion instruments designed and constructed by the lab for this performance.
HUBO was designed and developed by the Korea Advanced Institute of Technology (KAIST) Hubo Lab (Dr. Jun Ho Oh, Director). Drexel Engineering kicked-off National Engineers Week by unveiling seven HUBO humanoids at an unprecedented showcase event on February 20, 2012. Their presence at Drexel is part of a large collaborative project with KAIST and seven other U.S. universities with the goal of rapidly advancing humanoids research.
Of course I know which I would choose…
But since we all can’t be me?
I thought I would pose the question to you.
So tell me…
What is your RATHER?
Just thinking about…
The sheer, horrifying possibilities of it all?
Brings an eerie tune to mind.
One I could not, NOT create…
[via io9]The music created by your brain waves could score a horror film
Masaki Batoh — formerly of the Japanese experimental rock band Ghost — has recorded an album using a “brain pulse machine” (BPM) that translates brain waves into weirdly haunting and disturbing tones.
Wired‘s Angela Watercutter describes the device:
The unusual musical instrument, which [Batoh] had developed and built by a company called MKC, consists of… strange-looking headgear and a motherboard [...]. Brain waves are picked up from the parietal and frontal lobes, then sent by radio waves to the motherboard, which converts the radio waves into a wave pulse that is output as sound.
The BPM Machine’s bizarre goggles have indicator lamps synchronized with the motherboard so the performer can see their brain’s musical output. Batoh said it takes practice to learn how to control one’s mind in a way that produces a pleasing sound. [...]
If I tried.
Music, it seems is intrinsically created in us all.
And HORROR music, at that.