I invited Brett Tieman, J. Nicholas Moy, and Jeremy Gough (who I played with in the band, The Mugs) as well as fellow MFA DT students Haeyoung Kim and Matt Ruby to test the interface of my final project.
I incorporated a number of updates to both the software and hardware, which included:
- play head movement tied to computer clock for more accurate timing
- “sliders” along the right and left edges to control speed and volume
- updated oscillators that generate sounds within openFrameworks application
- new acrylic top that diffuses light more evenly
- purposefully designed shapes and colors for acrylic pieces used to make sounds
The comments centered specifically on the sounds that were generated by the application, and they also reaffirmed my belief that when the sounds provide more distinctive characteristics (such as range of octaves and speed of attack), users are able to compose without obvious or deliberate visual feedback.
Below is a video demonstration I did of this updated interface as well as images from the final tests. Headphones are recommended (low notes do not play well on computer speakers):