Gesture controlled java worms drive spectral synthesis--a garden of wormasonic delights
Nematodes are loose in the sound garden, worming through the spectrum....
(SEE IMPORTANT NOTE BELOW ABOUT DOWNLOADING: TO GET THE FULL PACKAGE YOU NEED TO GO TO ANOTHER SITE)
jambientNematodes uses a gestural interface, written in Processing (an extension of java, processing.org) to control a Reaktor synth. To use ... select a snapshot in the Reaktor side (this specifies the sort of synthesized sound you'll get) and draw gestures with the mouse in the Processing side (this specifies travelling patterns of pitch, pan, amplitude--the interpretation depends on the settings in Reaktor).
The ensemble demonstrates the use of external graphical interfaces with Reaktor, via OSC (Open Sound Control). It builds on Golan Levin's Processing applet call Yellowtail (http://www.flong.com/yellowtail/) and Norman Wilson's Sparky (Reaktor), and is inspired by and dedicated to the nematodes that rid my lawn of grubs. Ideas for further development (too tired, too tired...) would be a harmonics generator, with harmonics determined, e.g., by the pressure value.
NOTE: The ensemble can only be controlled via OSC when run in standalone mode, not as a VST. I didn't realize this when designing it. I am considering redoing the interface via MIDI.
Because of the use of OSC and Processing, setting up to run is a small fuss. See the enclosed jambientProcessingOSC document for setup and starting the Processing interface.
IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT DOWNLOADING: At the moment, NI's library won't allow jar or gz files in zips, so you'll have to get the Processing part from the bottom of the downloads page at www.jambient.com. Unzip the file you get there into the directory where you unzip the library file.
NB: Because the Processing->OSC->Reaktor hookup is novel, please let me know about problems via the "report an error to" function in the library.
v 1.2: Better, smaller browser window for opening the java app--you can get this at the jambient website.