pComp Final Project Proposal (11/18/2009)

For my final project, I plan to build a physical media controller that can be used to create music and author musical compositions. Expanding on my concept of visualizing sound in a spiral form, the design will use a three dimensional spiral form to contain six octaves of notes. Each note will have an RGB LED and a digital push switch to activate and visually indicate a note being pressed/played. Below are some drawings that explore different form factors. The third concept has been selected as it lends itself to be hand held and will likely be more intuitive to “play.”


To begin, I will make a flattened, simplified controller with only a single octave of notes. This will allow me to explore the coding, wiring, and functionality of the device.