the surface

The second piece in my visual instrument series is a multitouch membrane controller I’ve been calling the surface. It uses a usb webcam alongside a modified version of ccv to extract the location and depth of touchpoints. It then scales and converts this information into quickly repeating midi messages which can be used in the software synthesizer of your choice.

Documentarist David Holmes took some footage of me sharing the Surface and rambling a bit about my practice in April of 2011. The actual sound of the surface is much more refined than is demonstrated in this footage, but hopefully this can give you an idea of what the instrument does in the meantime:

After I have the formal documentation for the surface finished I’ll post the modified CCV as well as build instructions for the frame…

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