Fred sent in a great Flash (Macromedia/Adobe that is) to MIDI control project —

“From 1734 when Louis-Bertrand Castel, a Jesuit monk, created the Clavecin Oculaire, a ‘color harpsichord,’ until today, artists have created instruments for performing color compositions. In the late 19th century, Alexander Rimington created the first ‘color organ’ for use in public performance. In the 1920s and 30s, Thomas Wilfred traveled the United States and Europe performing ‘lumia’ recitals with his ‘clavilux.’ In this tradition, I developed a computer system that allowed for the performance of user-controlled Flash animation.

The user interface is a Mad Catz Playstation 2 game controller and the UC-33e Evolution MIDI controller by m-Audio. The computer is an Apple iMac G5 with 1.8 GHz processor and 1.5 GB of RAM. The MIDI and game controller signal data is sent to Flash (.swf) files being played through the stand-alone Flash Player, utilizing ActionScript 2.0 code in Flash 8 via MAX/MSP 4.6 software. An LCD projector and sound system are the final destination outputs. “Link.

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