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this will be a "web" "log" after todays last "proper" post

i must apologize.  there is a whole crazy mental drama going on with this project that i feel the need to share.  not right now though.  right now i'm going to sleep.  then i'm going to get up and write one of my constructed,flowing joints.  THEN, i'm going to just vomit thoughts and feelings and notes onto this blog until the end of the project.  nite nite...
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Progress is exausting!

nope, no OVER EXCITED exaltations of how wonderful everything is.  no pretty shots of electronic componentry (ok...just one).  no ruminations on the future of live music performance.  nope...there is only code, and flow charts and mind maps on serial communication, AT commands, actionscript, proccessing, and java classes.  lest we not leave out learning that most computers come with a calculator that can convert decimal numbers to Hex and learning to read and use system exclusive and OSC.  now, i would be lying if i said that i'm not into this stuff.  I am.  i find this stuff to be amazingly interesting and must pinch myself daily to my great fortune to have been born at this point in history to be able to do it, but WOW, FUCKING WOW! The Rabbit hole has no bottom!

there are worlds within worlds of this shit on the internet!  you cant believe!  forums where people chat about the intricacies of this stuff the way you or i might chat about...well, theres not really any comparison.  its deep, DEEP.  the further i go in, the more i ask questions that make my brain almost shutdown, i find that my question is that of a virgin "noob" (new-bie; some one who is new to the game) and doesnt even warrant a response until i bug the shit out of everyone until some one throws me a tid-bit of info that to them is some throw away shit yet to me, is the most valuable bit of text known to man!  I have a healthy ego and i like me, but i am truly humbled.  all i can say is wow!  i am not worthy and i must go forward much more apprentice-like.

thats not to say that things arent happening. And i fully expected, and honestly, looked forward to these issues.  i recieved the larger FSR's (force sensing resistors) this week.  these are the sensors i will be using as "keys" on my instrument.  i chose them because i will be a ble to program variable levels of functionality into one key which, creatively, excites me.  and with these sensors, i now have 99% of what i need to create the controller, the one hold out being the breath sensor, i am waiting to show up in the mail.

I must apologize at the dearth of updates this week.  i am working on the underlying concept of the instrument; a 3 way wireless network. left hand, right hand and mouth unit.  This will be the definitive aspect of the system so i want to focus on doing it properly.  without going to deep into it, i've got to use some code that was gracisously shared with me by an American developer named Robert Guyser, to determine how to parse data from the 3 nodes in my "network" then create a pure data patch (program) that will look for the same packet structure and split the data stream up into pieces that pure data can understand.  so, i might miss a few days of facebook updates.  i hope thats ok.

so if you are wondering where i am for the next week, now you know.  the next "GREATEST POST IN THE WORLD, LOL!!LMAO, YAAAAY!!" post will come when i get the network functioning.  which should be in about a week. have a great weekend!

EDIT: found a system that may create a perfect basis for my programming BUT it doesnt like windows, so, its beginning to look alot like Linux...and the plot thickens...
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Component porn


NSFW! Nothing but component porn here today! Hot lusty pieces of dreams.  Try not to stare and definitely don't let your significant other see this post! It’s dirty dirty from this point forward.

The campaign is over.  Or should I say "this" campaign is over;-) the long road to not just a cool live performance system, but the BADDEST live performance system will most likely work something like this; 

·         decide on cool feature
·         find out it’s hard to implement but not impossible
·         trial and error
·         beg smarter people for help
·         bang head against wall
·         Fall into a depression because I suck at everything, blah, blah, blah...
·         Contemplate ending it all JUST before finding a super simple solution that eluded me for weeks.
·         cry tears of joy
·         Repeat for each of the dozen or so distinct aspects of this project.

It will be a headache for a few weeks but it will be some sick shit when it is done.  And now I have 90% of the components necessary for the first full prototype.  I visited Anton who runs Tinkersoup.de here in Berlin.  He has all the coolest components available and is the only source for m the vast majority of the components in this project.  And he's a nice guy as well.

Anton sat with me the other day and helped me decide on the various components that would make my controller be truly badass.

·         2 more arduino boards and 2 more radios for them.  Now I have one arduino/xbee for each hand, one for the headset oral interface and one radio as a base station.  I am preparing for a week of studying serial communications so I can determine which arduino is which and assign said units data where it needs to be.  

·         Another BlinkM MaxM crazy rgb LED.  Now I have one for each hand.  they come with a powerful microprocessor board that allows you to save light sequences onto it but I think I would rather focus on my color synth in PD which will allow a never ending variety of color combinations using PWM (pulse width modulation), which basically means that each color will have 255 levels of intensity, which will allow me to create very sophisticated color effects using some of the built in video processing objects in PD, like GEM.
·         FORCE SENSING RESISTORS!! Oh....these are soooo sexy.  Why? They are variable pressure sensors.  I will be using them as the "keys" of my instrument. The effect will be that of "squeezing" the controller more so than tapping buttons. Each key will be capable of precise pressure control so I can, for instance, press normally for playing, a little harder for another function and a little harder still for still another function.  So fresh, so clean!
·         2 vibe boards.  After hanging out with Rob, the developer of TouchOSC, he informed me that Touch OSC had access to the vibrate alert thingy in the iphone. At first, it didn't faze me too much.  It was cool but it was like, "so what?"  That was until I realized that I could use it for haptic feedback, which is basically getting back a touch response when interacting with certain technology.  So I enabled it for certain functions in my gestural system and now it is indispensible! I want to know if a particular effect is on, without looking? "bzz, bzz"...yup. Is this function a ("bzzzzzzz, bzz, bzz") or function b (bzz, bzz, bzzzzz").  It’s amazing!  So I purchased a couple of these devices for my controller.  They are much more powerful than those found in phones which will be necessary in a hot confusing club environment.  It will be mounted on the strap that goes across the back of my hand, right next to the...

·         3 axis accelerometer. This system is designed for 2 accelerometers, one for each hand.  The strength of these components will become obvious when they interact with each other.  I created a dual accelerometer system last summer and I look forward to making use of it with this system.  Although, while chatting with Anton he described a component call an IMU (inertial measurement unit) which does the accelerometer stuff as well as doing sensing direction, which accelerometers do not do. I can tell that the MkII version of the controller will almost definitely have a set of these, but right now, I think I can survive with 3 degrees of freedom.
·         5 volt regulators.  Why even mention such an unsexy component?! Because you know what is less sexy than this part? Frying your shit.  That’s really unsexy.  This is a consideration because the big ass lights I just HAD to have for this joint?! Well they shoot-up electricity like a crack-addict.  Like REALLY!  It’s pretty unsettling.  And using normal, say 1100mah batteries, the system would be almost dead in 40-50 minutes, no joke.   so I am sourcing some bad ass li-on monster batteries and they will most likely provide more power than the rest of the system is comfortable with, hence, the understated beauty of these 5 volt regulators.  Surges up to 40v? Squashed! Knowing that my boards won’t be frying in my hand, is very sexy.


Hot and bothered yet?  Yeah me too.  There are a few more pieces that I must acquire, but I have enough parts to push forward with some of the more in depth aspects.  Intense times ahead.

 I will have to throttle it down a bit for the next couple of days though. Tomorrow I will be doing a bit of the Beatjazz at Rosa Calleta in Kreuzberg starting at 5 pm.  And then on Tuesday I head to Hannover for CeBit Sounds as part of a discussion panel on music technology and then a performance using said technology.  Geek heaven! Me, on a mic, talking about technology!! Hahaha! They just don't know, do they? 
But after that, it’s back to Berlin, and a solid 2-3 week shut in; stock up on food and do nothing but code.  If you are into pure data or arduino or any of that stuff, contact me, and you are more than welcome to drop by and co-code or whatnot.  See you soon.



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The end of the Campaign...the Beginning of the Project; introducing the beatjazz controller model


Well, here it is!  This is the form factor that the TRON Beatjazz controller will take.  I, in my great wisdom, decided that I would rather "make" some weird paper mache' clay out of glue, joint compound, flour and wet toilet paper, blended into a clay like material with an electric mixer.  After searching 3-4 different stores for all the ingredients, I finally got home, made a batch and molded this baby.  The clay did it’s job somewhat.  I was able to finally get the idea out of my head and into the real world, and here it is!

It surprised me how much it came out looking like a fighter jet joystick, but it feels SO good in the hand.  The weight goes where it is supposed to and the fingers fall comfortably onto the keys.  The clay wasn't malleable enough to create the strap that will go diagonally across the back of the hand, but the basic layout is all there and everything is exactly as it should be.  There will be plenty of space for the MaxM RGB LED as well as internal space enough to house the battery, accelerometer, transceiver and processor boards. This will look amazingly sick when we create the carbon fiber molds with it (or rather one just like it); small enough to be cradled in the hand and large enough to gawk at the awesomeness of design and the materials. Super mega excited!

So here we are.  Less than 12 hours left after a little over a month of non-stop progress and a few surprises;

  • ·         we quickly went from a wired concept to a completely wireless one
  • ·         With the help of the amazing Uli Maier, we created a prototype helmet to that will be used to mount components in preparation for the carbon fiber "afro" version.
  • ·         began almost from scratch on a pure data based wind midi system
  • ·         With early contributions, purchased the first of the wireless transceivers and started programming with them.
  • ·         created a working Boehm-fingered wind midi system (on a breadboard)
  • ·         And now have the first (or technically second) viable physical model of the Beatjazz controller hand unit that will become the basis of the design going forward.

And all of this BEFORE the official beginning of the project itself!  NOW, it’s time to 


  • ·         make the wind midi system into a "giggable" instrument
  • ·         Update the accelerometer based gestural system I created, into a dual accelerometer system.
  • ·         create a multi-channel looping system with full gestural control access
  • ·         finish the last half of my book "the 21st century musicians guide to busking"
  • ·         create and mold the carbon fiber parts and assemble the final stage controllers
  • ·         assemble all the notes and videos from this project into the perks packages for the contributors without whom there would be no TRON Beatjazz controller system
  • ·         the work like hell to prepare for a SMOKING-ass debut party at the end of May where I make good on my promise to have created the most AMAZING live music performance system EVER!

So, as you can see, this is just the beginning, but it is the beginning of a dream. I cannot believe that this day has finally arrived in my career.  And it is because of YOU that it is happening.  Your supportive posts and kind words and drawings, and word of mouth and yes, money as well.  I am so honored to be creating this WITH you and FOR you and from the bottom of my heart, I thank you all for helping me get this far with the project.  I want to give special thanks to;

·         Uli Maier who's suggestion of carbon fiber, great knowledge and use of his workshop was the unofficial start of the campaign.
·         Susanne Heiden who filmed the intro video and helped me to be sillier in it than I would have been otherwise.


Peter Kirn for pushing my campaign out to such a a large audience over and over again.
·         And Chris "Loganic" Logan who was able to put my ideas into sketch form that allowed everyone to be able to see what I was talking about.

So, with that said...You still have 10 or so (depending on when you get this) hours to help make it happen!  Although i can "get by" with almost any amount, this isnt the " quest to build an ok controller" campaign.  this is the "HOLY SHIT, WTF IS THAT!?!?' Campaign and we're almost half way there!!

There are many perks just waiting for you. The $400 "wired “controller is now $250 and all controller perks over $800 will be cast in carbon fiber!  And every perk $15 and up include the EP and the party pass. So when it’s time for fulfillment time, most contributors will get a whole host of great perks!  time is almost over.  Let's do it and get this system built properly!!







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24 hours left and a special thank you if you go for the GiG Pass

What a month!  From drawings to playable software/hardware (kinda)! 3 design revisions, a performance at CeBit and a full article in MAKE magazine!  Hahahaha!!! This has been great! And this isn’t even the official beginning!!  The "official" beginning is after the campaign ends, which is in 24 hours!  At that point, it's all nitty gritty for the next 30-45 days.

After rediscovering Paper Mache' the other day, and building the first mockups of the hand units, I realized that the design needed more refinement than my drawing suggested, so I created the most ergonomic design yet.  You can see from my illustration that its gourd-like shape will fit comfortably in the hand while providing ample space for the battery necessary to power the BlinkM MaxM RGB LED (the three capsules in the square in the middle of the unit).  A regular high output LED emits approximately 1000-8000mcd or millicandela (for reference, a 100watt incandescent bulb puts out 135,000mcd).  The MaxM? 445,000mcd!  Why? Because this is supposed to be the MOST amazing live music performance system EVER, and to do that, you need all the mcd's you can get! 

The headset will be much much simpler.  Primarily the processor/wireless module, a small battery, a pressure sensor and Hall Effect sensor to measure lip pressure.  Hall Effect sensors vary their voltage in the presence of a magnetic field(ie tiny magnet).  I wish I could say I just thought that up, but I opened up my existing wind controller to source these parts, so I know for a fact that they work and work well.  A tube will route underneath the right ear from the small box housing the components, to the "mouthpiece" which the player bites onto with a tiny "rim" that locks behind the teeth when they bite down, like a mini-snorkel or a balloon.  The headset will hang from the ears like reverse glasses, and the box will rest on the neck, positioning the mouthpiece directly in front of the mouth. 

The primary goal this week is to refine the midi system to be as good or preferably better than my existing wind midi controller, which is a tall but achievable goal. I hope to have it close to this goal by the time I perform at CeBit next tuesday. 

In honor of the end of this campaign and the beginning of the project to build the TRON Beatjazz controller, the next 4 persons contributing $800 or more to the campaign will receive the TRON Beatjazz controller with the headset (not the helmet), in CARBON FIBER!  I figure that once we mold three sets (two for me [one backup] and one for the contributor that ordered the 1st one yesterday) we can mold a few more, but only a few.  So if you have been contemplating it, now is the time.  Check out my post on perk fulfillment for more information.

We’re getting close to the goal!  24 hours left to fund building this monster.   When you see this in action (either myself or you if you order one) you're gonna say, "I'll be damned...he wasn't playing". Believe! 

Back to work for me...

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24 hours left and a special thank you if you go for the GiG Pass

What a month!  From drawings to playable software/hardware (kinda)! 3 design revisions, a performance at CeBit and a full article in MAKE magazine!  Hahahaha!!! This has been great! And this isn’t even the official beginning!!  The "official" beginning is after the campaign ends, which is in 24 hours!  At that point, it's all nitty gritty for the next 30-45 days.

After rediscovering Paper Mache' the other day, and building the first mockups of the hand units, I realized that the design needed more refinement than my drawing suggested, so I created the most ergonomic design yet.  You can see from my illustration that its gourd-like shape will fit comfortably in the hand while providing ample space for the battery necessary to power the BlinkM MaxM RGB LED (the three capsules in the square in the middle of the unit).  A regular high output LED emits approximately 1000-8000mcd or millicandela (for reference, a 100watt incandescent bulb puts out 135,000mcd).  The MaxM? 445,000mcd!  Why? Because this is supposed to be the MOST amazing live music performance system EVER, and to do that, you need all the mcd's you can get! 

The headset will be much much simpler.  Primarily the processor/wireless module, a small battery, a pressure sensor and Hall Effect sensor to measure lip pressure.  Hall Effect sensors vary their voltage in the presence of a magnetic field(ie tiny magnet).  I wish I could say I just thought that up, but I opened up my existing wind controller to source these parts, so I know for a fact that they work and work well.  A tube will route underneath the right ear from the small box housing the components, to the "mouthpiece" which the player bites onto with a tiny "rim" that locks behind the teeth when they bite down, like a mini-snorkel or a balloon.  The headset will hang from the ears like reverse glasses, and the box will rest on the neck, positioning the mouthpiece directly in front of the mouth. 

The primary goal this week is to refine the midi system to be as good or preferably better than my existing wind midi controller, which is a tall but achievable goal. I hope to have it close to this goal by the time I perform at CeBit next tuesday. 

In honor of the end of this campaign and the beginning of the project to build the TRON Beatjazz controller, the next 4 persons contributing $800 or more to the campaign will receive the TRON Beatjazz controller with the headset (not the helmet), in CARBON FIBER!  I figure that once we mold three sets (two for me [one backup] and one for the contributor that ordered the 1st one yesterday) we can mold a few more, but only a few.  So if you have been contemplating it, now is the time.  Check out my post on perk fulfillment for more information.

We’re getting close to the goal!  24 hours left to fund building this monster.   When you see this in action (either myself or you if you order one) you're gonna say, "I'll be damned...he wasn't playing". Believe! 

Back to work for me...


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Paper Mache'...Who knew?!

I had a bright spark yesterday.  I have been updating my drawings of the controller, in light of it new wireless manifestation.  Up till the last couple of days, it was still kinda based on the wired concept from the first video.  It wasn't until I decided to a ridiculously bright RGB LED system, which will need a ridiculously powerful battery, relative to the power requirements without it, that the design started taking shape; something where the majority of the weight is low and angled in toward the palm, using a "back-of-hand" cantilever design similar to the pipe design.  The fingers would need to fall naturally on the keys from many angles with an easily accessible thumb mounted joystick for each hand, which would serve multiple functions.  And, as I mentioned before, the LED array would need to be right up front, palm-side, providing synesthetic narrative.

Then it hit me this morning; I could do a simple paper mache' mockup to get a feel for the approximate placement of all of the components!  I had forgotten how easy paper mache’ is to work with.  Flour water and newspaper...that's it!  Allegedly, I found during my research on all thing paper mache’, that this combination, done properly, is actually strong enough to build a house out of.  I'll have to take their word on that one.  But I figured that it would be at least strong enough for my controllers.

After a days’ work of cutting, designing, painting and drilling, I have produced some surprisingly decent and strong first attempt mockups.  Interestingly, I discovered design issues with the first (left) hand that I subsequently corrected in the second.  I have a feeling that I will be repeating this process a number of times over the next few weeks as to have not only a decent giggable version for my CeBit performance, but to also provide a mold for the carbon fiber version, that is refined in every way.



THERE ARE 2 DAYS LEFT! If you are have been considering contributing to this campaign, jump on in!  The water is warm! There is so much left to do and the funds are necessary to make it happen.  For more information, drop by www.indiegogo.com/tronbeatjazz












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Playable-ish Prototype,and a note on Contribution

Wow! It's really starting to come together!  I underestimated the refinement of these xbee wireless modules.  In my experience, when configuring a new component, in a chain of components, get ready to want to stab yourself with a soldering iron.  Usually the process is so convoluted and horribly documented, that you just give up.  Not so with these xbee modules. Although I did have to download some firmware updates, the majority of the process has been to determine which is the base station and which is the "radio”, and assign each an ID. A bit more config later and viola! A wireless serial link!!  Yaaaaay!!!

 The base station consists of an xbee on a breadboard and a little usb interface I wired up.  The "radio" is attached to an arduino with a built in xbee port.  I wired up an old 3.7v battery (so glad I didn't throw that old ipaq away) so I could test the distance and so far, it is flawless.  And addictive.  I thought I’d prototype on the wired "UNO" board, but screw that! This is so much cooler and lets me get used to dealing with whatever idiosyncrasies born of this type of wireless networking.

 Although not even slightly perfect or "gig-able"(meaning that I would feel comfortable playing it in a performance), the fingering system is working.  I have, thus far, purchased 3 sets of (cheap) switches to prototype with and none of them have done what I wanted, so I decided to make my own by using gummy gamepad controller buttons(seen here pinned to the breadboard, "bug-collection" style) to complete a circuit made up of two pieces of wire.  Not perfect, but much more accurate than the switches I’ve used so far.  My original idea was to make little thimble-like fingertip sleeves that would be conductive. This would negate any mechanical button/switch latency.  It would be as fast as my fingers could move and would allow me to position my fingers in various ways. I may re-investigate that trajectory.

The joystick is still acting as my breath control variable until I can purchase another one. The one I have needed too much air to make it work...and then I blew it up (now with the new multimeter, that's less of a problem).  So the joystick is working out well at this stage.  There is still much to do in any case.

·         make the wind controller software work as well or better than my existing wind controller
·         start building the new performance system that the wind controller patch will be a part of
·         create the color synthesis system which will provide feedback and narrative potential
·         source the remaining components for JUST 1 PROTOTYPE which include;
o    2 more xbees (one for each hand and one for the helmet)
o    2 more arduinos (one for the hand unit and one for the helmet/headset)
o    2 accelerometers
o    6 regular rgb led's
o    8 3watt LEDs
o    the pressure sensor for breath
o    the hall effect sensor for lip
o    2 high capacity batteries (one for each hand)
o    And a ridiculous amount if switches, buttons, and joysticks to assess what is usable in a performance environment and what's not.
·         Clay, plaster, fiberglass, epoxy and carbon fiber for sculpting the hand unit and the next "few" helmet prototypes.
·         And space to build this monster.  I hope to move it to BetaHaus next week, if I receive the amount of funds necessary.
The above list is primarily for the PROTOTYPE.  This is why I made the project for the amount that I made it for.  I want to have a playable...oops, I mean to say gig-able, prototype before my performance and discussion panel appearance at CeBit on March 1st.  This is a perfect place to show the TRON Beatjazz Controller for the first time, although it won’t be anywhere near as epic as the debut party in May;-)

I really hope that you have seen enough progress so far that you can see that this isn’t some vaporware project.  I was lucky that indiegogo released the PayPal donated funds to me instantly, otherwise it would have been a month of pure data patches and drawings.  Because I had access to some of the funds, I have been able to start on the project and it has been AMAZING.  The support, the interest...I mean, MAN! I’m WRITING AN ARTICLE FOR MAKE MAGAZINE!! This, to me, is a major honor!! BUT, it is only just “before” the actual beginning.  I have generated less than 1/10th of what I need to make this project great.

Every contribution generated penny so far, has been put into this project. Every penny of my own funds I have made for the last 2 months, that wasn't necessary for staying alive, has gone into this project.  I want to believe that whole "independent artist" thing is realistic.  I have stated this in previous posts; YOU are my patron.  Yes YOU...stop looking around...YOU, the one reading this right now.  There is no big deal or movie or concert tour coming.  There is me, doing the most artistically interesting projects I can dream up (of which there are many)...and you.  If you support me, I can tell you; this shit will be better than anything on TV and last for as long as I have breath.

Support is contributions but it’s also, sharing and interaction.  If you read how much I post online, you'll see that I really love this new world that is emerging there.  I love interacting online.  It’s a big part of my life.  If you find what I am doing interesting, share it!  I’ve got a million widgets. Reverbnation, Facebook, Bandcamp, etc.  This is how it works these days.  Sharing and interacting. 

But if you contribute (if this sounds too spammy for you, it's probably best if you not follow me anymore because these campaigns and projects aren’t going away.) you get a number of things;
·         To be part of the making of a new instrument to coincide with a new form of music. If you think that's "bombastic", peep my videos and my music.  This will be something you will be proud you contributed to and...
·         You can buy one of the controllers!! So you're not just helping in the creation, but you can get one of the artifacts!  The wired version($400) will be sick but the wireless version($800) will welcome you into a new world inspired by afro-futurism and sci-fi.  And with both, I will spend quality face time online helping you do amazing stuff with it.
·         My forthcoming Book, The 21st century Musicians Guide to Busking, ($50)isn’t just a how to; it also makes a case for expanding your concepts of what is possible with live performance in the 21st century.  Like I said, this is the world now and we all must reorient.  20 years of experience crammed into one book!
·         The DVD($25) has a printable version of the book! As well as loads of music, notes on all kinds of stuff, a loops collection (I did one loop collection for Marshall Jefferson and Loopmasters already), pure data patches, editorials...if I could download onto a disc, this is what it would be!
·         5 hours of studio time($200) is a lot of studio time!  Quite a few sessions can be done in that amount of time and I usually charge more than that PER TRACK.  If you have wanted to do some work with me, this is as good as it’s gonna get.  There’s enough time in there for multi-part arrangement too!
·         and for that special person who goes for the ultimate package($5000), we're talking basically getting a copy of my personal, afro-futuristic super instrument and 2 full access days of me helping you not just learn it, but learn how and why and when the whole concept first evolved! 

3 more days!  This is where it all comes together!  Its either the sickest live performance system ever, or I start selling all my stuff to make it happen, because this thing is getting built-and in the next 30-60 days-on schedule (as are the fulfillment of all Perks associated with this campaign).  If you were waiting for a good time to jump in, now it that time.  Ok, sales pitch over.  I’ve got programming to do. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions. www.indiegogo.com/tronbeatjazz

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It just got real; multipoint wireless!

OK, here we go! now, its getting real!

First off, the boehm fingering system i've been working on has started to show signs of becoming playable!  once i figured out a (short lived on account of not being particularly elegant) means of turning notes off, it seems that the other aspects should be reasonably easy to implement.  pure data allows you to figure your own solution, which is nice actually.  with the help of some of the cats on the Pure data forum, i was able to get the note on/off and duration issues sorted after i got back from france this wekend. ( great show by the way!)

But the big news for me is taking receipt of the first of the wireless modules and the boards that they fit onto.  i was quite emotional when Anton of  Tinkersoup.de here in Berlin, handed the components to me.  I have dreamed of a day when i could implement wireless into my system as easily as searching online and finding components for which there are GB's of data on all aspects of how implement them!  to finally not only have the wireless and the Arduino together finally, but to have an Arduino (Fio) that has an x-bee socket on the bottom!  It's as if they made this specifically for my project! 2 or more of these things together form a multi-point, bi-directional wireless network.  And each node has a 100m range!  I just got one and two Xbees so i can get started with getting accustomed to progamming the boards wirelessly.  next week i will get two more xbees and two more Arduino Fio's which will make up my one-to-many wireless network (one base station tranciever and the three "nodes"-two hand units and the helmet mounted oral interface.)

The Arduino is a new type of DIY,open source, microprocessor board for artists and hobbyist to create just about anything digital.  it has revolutionized the DIY scene over the last few years by making the tools open and free with abundant reference and tutorial services. There are many types by many manufacturers and one of the things it is compatible with is...

The MAXSTREAM Xbee wireless tranciever system. two or more of these little high speed radios creates a wireless "mesh" network.  Each can speak to either a base station or to each other.  They are very popular and also have an amazing number of tutorials and reference materials online.  It's like getting a college course for free.

These devices integrate very well with pure data and, i anticipate that the transmission speeds will be more than adequate for the the wind controller, and the lighting system I've designed.

I am really excited about the next few days.got a few larger buttons that suck much less than the previous buttons i was using. (finding buttons with that right "feel" is going to be difficult, i am finding) just acquired a multimeter that actually works, as opposed to my last one which cost 4euro's new.  That as well as header pins and a larger breadboard because i grossly underestimated how much breadboard space would be neccessary.  I am using an Arduino UNO which replaces my old semi destroyed NG model.  Once everything is wired properly again, i will shift it over to the wireless modules, then its time to fight crime! so, i wont be sleeping all that much, but i should have something that is playable-ish by Friday. which would time it perfectly for the beginnning of the project build phase that begins on the day the campaign ends on Monday. it probably wont be very "sweet" but it will demonstrate the fingering system and breath control.

If you would like to help this project happen, go over to www.indiegogo.com/tronbeatjazz.  I will have a small number of these controllers available for those that contribute $400 and up.  Iwill be posting updated artist renditions of the resulting controllers tommorrow or friday to coincide with the (hopeful) progress towards something playable by friday. stay tuned...
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A note about the TRON Beatjazz Controller Campaign "Perks"

I figured that this is a good time to go over the specifics of what the "perks" are and when they will be delivered.  That way you'll have a much clearer idea of which perk you will want to go for (hint, hint...)

The perks are things that I give you in return for contributing to the TRON Beatjazz controller campaign.  These are my way of saying thank you.  I have created the perks list in a manner that will ensure I can fulfill the orders no matter how few or how many contributions I get.  

The campaign itself ends on Feb. 21st.  At which point, the project officially begins.  This is the point where all funds associated with the campaign are released to me.  at this point I will move the project to a project space, like BetaHaus here in Berlin, and continue the work that I have already begun, but with better tools and resources.  With the number of talented people that I have working with me on this project, it should be "finished"-meaning, functional enough to use at a show- by mid April.  It is at this point that I will start compiling my notes and putting together the content for the DVD and the EP.  I will be recording the EP starting the last week of April and it will take no longer than a 2 weeks to complete ( I work fast).  So fulfillment of deliverables is set to begin on the second week of May.

If you contributed $5 toward the EP, as well as all other contributors, you will get a download code at this time.  The EP will not be available to the public...only to contributors.  For those that went for the party pass ($15) you will get the download code and an e-ticket for the Tron Controller Debut event which will happen the last weekend in May.  I already have a venue here in Berlin but I do not want to say which one, until I have a written confirmation from them, but rest assured, it will be hot and well worth the amount contributed.

If you have ever received one of my CD projects, you will know that I am into hand painting them, and this will be no exception.  The DVD ($25) will be a maze of various forms of digital content, stitched together in a way that I hope you find entertaining.  it will contain the EP as well as a documentary of the making of this system, PDF notes and a Pdf copy of my soon to be completed  book, “the 21st century Musicians Guide to Busking" which is part “how to” and part philosophy and theory about the now and the future of playing sans a venue.  Even if you aren’t interested in busking, I hope you find it to be an interesting read along with the other content on this disc.  knowing myself as I do, I’m sure  that there will be quite a bit of interesting content on this DVD and as with the other items, this is a campaign exclusive; no more of these will be produced after I have fulfilled orders to contributors.

The book ($50) will be hand bound, meaning that I want it to have a classic look and feel although I will be creating them one by one, here at home.  They will all be signed by me and serial numbered, for whatever that is worth.  I just think it looks cool to have a serial number on the front, but that's just me. I also found some really cool paper at the local art's shop, MODULOR, that looks like scroll paper from some old biblical movie.  I can get loads of it in bulk which will keep the cost down, while creating an object that is waaaay cool.  

The studio sessions are different.  I will start scheduling them from mid April starting with the first contributor to purchase this perk. You do get the DVD, but not the book.  I can do multiple sessions during the same period but there are a couple of stipulations. You must have Skype and a webcam.  You "should" have an indabamusic.com account but if you don't we can use a number of other methods to work together.  You can use your 5 hours all at once or in multiple session totaling no more than 5. I’m not trying to do 20 15 minute sessions.  Work with me here...but during those sessions, you will access to my full arsenal of sounds and skills and we will work together to make sure that we make your track sound dope. Side note; I usually charge quite a bit more for session work but I want to say thank you for contributing, so…

You may have noticed that I threw my old iphone 3G ($250) into the mix.  I thought it might be nice to load it up with goodies and offer it to anyone interested.  The things on offer here are exclusive to contributors.  This phone, which is jailbroken, works on any network, although the wifi has crapped out.  It will be loaded with loads of music, and exclusive videos that I have never released before as well as all the content from the DVD. And you still get the EP, the party pass, the DVD and the book!  The installed apps will be cydia sourced so you don't have to worry about losing the content in you sync with another computer.  You even get the original sim that came with the phone, just in case you’re not down with jailbreaking.  Win, win!!

From here, it’s all about the controller variations.  let me say now...I love building stuff and I look forward to building these controllers, but I am not yearning to be the next M-Audio, meaning, after this campaign, I probably will not be building anymore controllers except for my own use.  Who knows? Maybe I will change my mind, but I love playing music too much and I don't see me spending a big chunk of my life building controllers for people, so these will probably be the most exclusive thing on the list!  

The first model is the wired version based on my original design ($400).  It will have two wired hand units leading to a central processing unit and a wired headset.  It will have the integrated color synthesis system and it brains will be based on Pure Data. I will start fulfilling these the second week of May, starting with the first contributor to buy any of the 3 controller packages on offer.  I will go down the list.  please allow 3 days in between each order (i.e., of you are 20th on the list, you will receive yours a few weeks after the first one ships. maybe sooner, depending  on how fast I can assemble them.)  Upon receipt of the controller, I offer an hour of Skype to help you set it up.

The wireless controller ($800) is two wireless hand units and a headset that houses the lip and breath sensor, wireless transceiver and rechargeable battery.  It follows the same stipulations as above with the addition of 5 hours of instruction and setup help.  5 hours is a really long time so by the end of our (no more than 5) sessions, you should be a Beatjazz god.  

The difference between the "Gig" package and the VIP package, beside the contribution ($2500) is that you get one of only 5 of the carbon fiber controllers systems that will ever be made, by me anyways.  2 systems are mine- a primary and a backup, 1 is for the ultimate package and 2 are for the VIPs package.  The only difference between this and my personal system is the carbon fiber headset that will house the lip/breath interface. There is also no mic or in ear monitoring.   Besides that, it is identical and will definitely be a show stopper.  Let me tell you what’s gonna happen.  many people are going to pass on this package except for the 2 persons that actually buy it and when other people see it in action they are going to ask where they can get one, at which point you can tell them that its one of only 5 that will ever be made.  Believe!  That’s exactly what’s going to go down...don't pass on the opportunity.  Get it while the carbon fiber is hot!

And last but the exact opposite of least, we come to THE ULTIMATE PACKAGE!!, PACKAge, PACkage, Package,package, packa...I have been told that this is wildly underpriced but it’s my first campaign so I’ll charge more next time;-)  with this baby you get it all.  The EP, the book, the sessions, the DVD but the big difference is that you get a preconfigured netbook to house the brains of the system and you get all of the original notes, sketches and schematics (I usually scan the stuff for my own records).  All you have to do is connect the computer to your musical system and you are Lawnmower man!  Need help with that?! Well, I will personally deliver this baby to your HOUSE, and sit with you, at your place! for 2 days! And show you everything I know about this system, about Beatjazz, how to play it, the concepts behind it...everything!  Hell, I’ll show you how to make perfect pancakes while I’m there too!  And after this 2 day crash course, you and I will put on a concert together for your friends and family!  And with this package...YOU GET A HELMET!!  YAAAAAY!!! But, as with the rest, there are a few stipulations;
·         Upon purchase, I will need your hat size so we can make your helmet.  It will be a slightly different design than mine, but it will still look very cool and house all of the electronics.  The hand units will be a more general ergonomic configuration, so you won’t have to get a mold poured as I did.
Delivery to your home is contingent upon a few stipulations as well;
·         The cost of round trip travel including ground transportation and hotel cannot total more than $1200. We can put more towards travel to places that are waaaay out of the way, if I stay at your home, but that is not a stipulation.
·         NO WAR ZONES! I will Google your town/city/village...if the kids are armed and people carry machetes, I’m not coming!  We can meet in a city or country that is less violent. 
That’s it.  My goal is that you are happy with your acquisition. 

So I hope that makes the whole "perks" thing more accessible.  I really want you to dig whatever perk you decide on because I really want you to know how much I appreciate that you would assist me in creating such a project.  I know that you don't have to do it, which makes it that much more special to me.  You complete me (Ed; no, a little less...) Thank you. Have a safe weekend. (Ed; Better)


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