The Collective DJ, ITP Winter Show 2012 Documentation

Description The Collective DJ is a project that allows people to create music through touch and collaboration.

Four different sets of two handpads each are mounted on a wall, spaced apart from each other. When two users each put one hand on a handpad and use their other hand to touch one another, they can trigger an audio sample to turn on or off. Since there are four sets of handpads, up to four samples can be triggered at once, allowing multiple groups of people to DJ a track together.

How it works

When two people connected to the pads touch each other, a small amount of electicity rushes through them and they complete a circuit. The circuit completion is detected by a microcontroller, which uses keyboard emulation to send one of four keystrokes to a computer running Ableton Live. In Ableton, the four keys are assigned to different samples of an audio track, and those samples are turned on or off via keypress.

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Instillation at the ITP Winter Show, December 2012

The Collective DJ (ITP Winter Show 2012, Rough Cut) from Colin Narver on Vimeo.

Applications Presentation, October 23rd, 2012 (Performance begins at 2:09)

ITP DJ Orchestra (Introductory video and documentation of performance ) from Colin Narver on Vimeo.

Collective DJ Creative Team: Andrew Cerrito, Mary Fe, Colin Narver, and Azure Qian at ITP for the 2012 Winter Show. For more information, contact us here.