Running Fluidsynth on a Raspberry PI Zero W

For this particular project, I ended up using a Raspberry Pi Zero W for its size and versatility. Besides running Fluidsynth, it also serves up a Node.js webapp over wifi for changing instruments. It’s controllable by any basic USB MIDI keyboard and runs on a mid-sized USB battery pack for around 6 hours. Pretty good for such a tiny footprint and it costs around $12.

Embers: a breath powered interactive installation celebrating collaboration

It started with incendiary memories: looking at a fading bonfire with friends at the end of a good day, stoking the fire in a pot belly stove, and watching Haitian women cooking chicken over a bed of coals. I wanted to build something with modern technology that evoked these visceral feelings and associations. This is the story of that project.

PLUDD: Noise sample pack released as free download

This is a free sample pack of noise and glitch audio files sourced from malfunctioning guitar pedal software. The files are sonically rich, normalized stereo, 96khz and 44.1khz, and somewhat optimized for looping.