Signals in the Valley

October 2, 2023 10:35 PM

Three virtual players, separated enough that it takes seconds for sound to travel to each other, nonetheless try to listen to each other's playing and respond.

This is yet another thing I started as something of a lark, that took forever to build the software for: a web app that simulates situations in which there are multiple players that are some distance from each other. So each player plays something, but it will take some time for what they play to reach the other players. When it does, though, those players will respond, and the cycle will continue.

Most of the responses will be just to play back whatever the player heard on the player's instrument, but they also have two other simple responses: to harmonize (in fifths or octaves) or to come up with a new riff.

The web app is hackware. The UI is just good enough for me to use, and I'm afraid that's all I have time for for a while.

posted by ignignokt (2 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

The sound and notion of this reminds me of a hardware installation in the NYC subway, Reach on the 34th Street/Herald Square NR platform. Very cool that you built custom software for this! Do you have the web app running anywhere that people can play with it?
posted by limeonaire at 7:52 AM on October 3, 2023

That is a very cool installation!

You can try the web app!

The thing is, I only worked on it just enough for me to be able to make the piece, so you'll probably run into all sorts of accidental booby traps.

Once you're on the page, you can use the mouse wheel to zoom out right away to see black circles that represent the three players, then hit the Play button to hear sound. They have properties you can edit, but unfortunately, only via this horrendous textarea box. If you do, hit the "Set params in hash" box to commit your changes (they're saved in that really long URL), then try playing again.

Whenever I get back to this, I'll make sure to let you know when it's more usable!
posted by ignignokt at 2:26 PM on October 4, 2023 [1 favorite]

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