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Looks like Recotana finished work on the heartbeat controlled MIDI device, very cool! Interesting choice in sound patch for the demo video – emphasizes that man/machine contrast. Now we just need one more clip documenting a heart-pounding treadmill recording session.
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Very Small MIDI controller – Link

Collin Cunningham

Collin Cunningham

Born, drew a lot, made video, made music on 4-track, then computer, more songwriting, met future wife, went to art school for video major, made websites, toured in a band, worked as web media tech, discovered electronics, taught myself electronics, blogged about DIY electronics, made web videos about electronics and made music for them … and I still do!


  • george

    That’s cool, but it looks like the program was playing a loop instead of actually triggering in real time off the pulse from the controller.

  • D

    The loop looks like the synth sound attributed to the MIDI note the controller was “playing”. MIDI data does not naturally have a ‘sound’ attached to it like an analog audio signal. MIDI data is loosely equivalent to digitized sheet music in a way- the MIDI can be played back with a hardware or software synthesizer to connect audible sounds to the data. The same MIDI data can be played back with different orchestrations- guitars, pianos, voice effects, or discrete sound samples like what’s illustrated above.

  • gayle

    building a heart monitor using android Bluetooth and arduino – phone will not display heart beats – any suggestions

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