External Resources

Playsound doesn’t have all the answers, but this external resources page links you to many people and businesses who have already found some answers. Plus, who wants to reinvent the wheel when these clever folks have already done it? These resources come from outside of Playsound and are not affiliated; Playsound just wishes to support them in their creative, generous and quality endeavors by promoting their work here on this page.

*More resources and details coming soon!*

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From Pauline Oliveros and Leaf Miller of the Deep Listening Institute: AUMI “enables students who have very little voluntary movement or other varieties of impairments to create and perform electronic sounds and sequences in order to participate in solo and ensemble electronic music improvisation and composition.” AUMI is a computer program that uses the webcam of a laptop to track a person’s movements and use them to create sound. In this way, it is quite similar to Sound E-Motion, with slight differences. AUMI has a few other modes, including percussion and keyboard mode, meant to specifically elude to playing those instruments, rather than creating sounds just in relation to space as in Sound E-motion. AUMI is offered free of charge, provided that you agree to participate in a survey regarding your use of the software (the donation model that inspired Playsound’s structure).

They are also in the process of developing an iPad App of AUMI. For more information about the entire project, you can email aumi@deeplistening.org

EagleEyes Technology

EagleEyes Device

EagleEyes is for individuals who have limited to no intentional muscular control but have control of their eye movement. Some of the diagnosis that fall into this category are: stroke, traumatic brain injury, Rett syndrome, neurological disorders, spinal muscular atrophy and severe cerebral palsy.

In many cases using EagleEyes is the first time these individuals have been able to establish cause and effect, communicate and act independently of anyone assisting them. EagleEyes works by tracking the person’s eye movements and turning them into mouse movements on a computer. Eagle Eyes would be compatible with Mousing Music, which is part of Playsound’s software The Tiny Piano.

You can apply for an EagleEyes device via their website. There are currently 120 devices in use at schools around the country. In conjunction with media art, the possibilities are really exciting.

The same people at Boston College (headed by James Gips) developed Camera Mouse, which was originally made available for free in June 2007. It does essentially the same thing, except with a camera instead of an Eagle Eyes box. It has been downloaded over 1,400,000 times (1) and is still available at cameramouse.org. Again, this is software that would be compatible with Mousing Music, part of the Tiny Piano software available on Playsound. This is only the beginning of the possibilities that could be created with a media collaboration.

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Kinectar: This software uses the Kinect (Microsoft’s motion controller) to turn the body into a musical instrument. It is currently only available on Windows, and I have not personally tested it because of this. However, the documentation is very promising, and could be useful for motivation during physical therapy and empowering people to musically express. And, it’s free!

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Wiinstrument: This is cool, but sadly is not compatible with the latest version Mac OS (10.8) because of some changes to the bluetooth protocol in the upgrade. If you haven’t upgraded yet, you can download it and see if you can get it to work. The wiimote becomes an instrument – wave, shake, twist etc to create sounds. The wiinstrument also has many controls that can be changed on the computer screen to change the output of sound from the wiimote.

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 http://simplynoise.com/

A free noise generator website and mobile app ($0.99). Especially helpful for focus, meditation, and sleeping.

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Follow this link for a blog post describing some incredible projects with Kinect. http://www.kinecteducation.com/blog/2011/07/11/9-incredible-developments-for-kinect-in-education/

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Ideas for a new world:

The items below are not for immediate use, but rather for inspiration for the future. Read and be amazed.

The Leap Motion Controller is the next big thing in computing. Set to release in May 2013, it is a tiny camera-like device that can read hand and finger movements with incredible accuracy – enough to write letters in the air only a centimeter high. If you haven’t seen the demo video yet, go watch it. Seriously.

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The MaKey MaKey board and cables.

MaKey MaKey: Some MIT PhD students created this project with a Kickstarter grant that was funded over 2000% of their original asking amount. The kit includes a board, usb connection, and 6 wires that can be hooked up to almost any tangible object (i.e. bananas, coffee cups, play-doh) which then can be used as a controller for your computer. So, for example, you could download Playsound’s Tiny Piano, and then hook up 6 bananas to the Makey Makey and use the bananas to play the piano keys. Really blowing your mind? Watch their video on Kickstarter. You can get the kit for $49 (+shipping).