Art & Noise: Hacking with Oblong Substrate
24 July 2012
To facilitate the design-build process in hackathon settings — often characterized by compressed time frames, notions of friendly and creative competition, and consumption of energy drinks — we released an API called Substrate. It works with what we sometimes refer to as a mobile “gesturing” device, and which you probably already have in your pocket: your smart phone. (Get the app in the iTunes store.)
Substrate makes it easy to build multi-user, gestural interactions for mobile devices including pointing, rotating, and uploading in Processing, an open-source programming language and environment for creating images, animations and interactions.
MUSIC HACK DAY at SONAR 2012
Music Hack Day was 24 hours of hacking that ran concurrent to Sonar 2012, a pioneering and highly curated confluence of advanced music, multimedia art, and cultural happenings. While some of the music hackers chose APIs to create playlist generators and more from names such as Spotify, SoundCloud, and Last.fm, we connected with developers interested in the mobile gestural properties of Oblong for interactive music production.
(Photo Credit: Mariana Murdocco under Creative Commons license)
The standout was a project called HackRap which combined live flute and rap performance, randomized rap lyrics, rhythm controls via dance gesture and multi-user visualization interactions via mobile pointer. HackRap captured the imagination of the festival judges and won the 500€ prize from MusixMatch (congratulations, HackRappers!)
HELLO, SPACE at EYEO FESTIVAL 2012
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
We hosted our first Eyeo Festival hackathon, Hello, Space hackathon this summer at the Walker Arts Center. This event (which we hear sold out in less than a day) brings together leading digital artists, data visualizers and technologist from across the U.S. for three days of keynotes, panels, presentations and parties. Our Chief Scientist, John Underkoffler, spoke about new notions of human machine interface and the role of the creative coder in shaping a better future. For three days we welcomed hackers to our lab and shared some hacks of our own at a kiosk between the theaters.
At the lab, we hosted quite a large crowd interested in doing cool things, including Carbonfive.com who hacked an app in Substrate and were keen to dive into the deeper functions of g-speak. Here’s a peek at what Carbonfive was working on with g-speak….