My Teensy just arrived in the mail today! This will allow be to start doing some of the coding that will be included in my final project. The Teensy uses the mBed platform for coding, so I may need to freshen up on the syntax for this platform, but I’m pretty confident I’ll be able to figure it out. Luckily, the Teensy has some built in MIDI functionality (built in MIDI out commands) so this should make communicating with a DAW like Ableton pretty easy. Hopefully I can get this figured out this weekend.
I also went to Colorado Plastics last Friday (every last Friday of the month they have a sale) and picked up some more acrylic for prototyping the body and drum pad assemblies. I’ve also done a few tutorials for photoshop, so that I can do some engraving on the body of the assembly.
Right now, the aesthetic of my project is being driven by this artist I found on Tumblr who goes by “wimpi”. I’m pretty into contour line sketching right now, and I really like some of the minimalist contour line sketches wimpi does. Here’s an example:
The minimalist movement is definitely the movement I’m most interested in in pursuing for my project. I think the aesthetic really lends itself to electronic musical instruments (especially wooden ones). Right now, the plan is to make a minimalist wood body for the drum pads. The front panel will have four minimalist drawings (like the ones above) cut out across the length of the body. Each of the drawings will have a different primary color led backlighting it (red, blue, yellow, and green) that will illuminate when a corresponding drum pad is hit.