I’m in a band  which plays music from the Northeast of Brazil on
several different types of percussion instruments. In the past we’ve
put static battery powered lights on the drums  which looks pretty
effective, but I’d like to jazz things up by being able to sequence the
lights, not just on an individual drum, but across them all. There are
low-cost wireless chipsets that could be used for this, in conjunction
with a microcontroller. Ideally we’d like to have this ready for a
charity gig we have at the Royal Northern College of Music mid-April
next year .
I’ve looked at applying for funding from the Arts Council. It occurred
to me that as Stockport Hackspace are moving into Factory 2010, this
might be a good ‘seed’ project. It’s cross-media and it covers several
areas of interest to the Arts Council - Music, Street Arts and Digital
Media . The Arts Council are also interested in “exploring open
source and creative commons principles”, so we could propose to make the
design Open Source, and possibly provide a service to build either the
particular design I’m thinking of, or to act as a design and build
service for artists who want to use digital technology in their work.
The detailed proposal would be to use the grant to equip the space at
Factory 2010 with the tools and materials needed for this sort of
project, and to produce a set of lights for Juba do Leao to use.
I spoke to a few people at the last Hackspace meeting in MadLab, but I
wanted to widen the discussion out. I’d be happy to hear what people
think about this proposal, and if they would be interested in participating.