Thesis Progress Roundup, week 3 / by Ernie Gerardo

So forgive the new format, but since I'm posting the assignments as I complete them, there will be a bit of a link storm as I recap old material alongside the progress I list here.

The first point I made in the last week was to sit down with my advisor, Ethan Hein.  More details and a lovely picture can be found here.

The second point was to reach out to some other individuals who can help with the more practical aspects of my piece.  First was fellow NYU student Adam November, who build an amazing harp that runs on a Max patch and uses capacitive sensing, which is like the mechanism I'm using to run Better With You.  We'll be getting lunch later this week while we talk about durable conductive materials.

 Here is Adam making a microphone out of a sponge because the world is just wonderful.

Here is Adam making a microphone out of a sponge because the world is just wonderful.

With the help of Steinhardt music professor Alex Ruthmann, I was also able to reach out to the creator of the Makey Makey himself, Eric Rosenbaum.  I'm currently discussing human conductivity via email with him.

 Once you've made a piano with bananas, everything else is just downhill.

Once you've made a piano with bananas, everything else is just downhill.

In addition to outreach, I also had to complete two other assignments, the first draft of my outline and answering three questions after listening to a podcast.  The links to those posts are below:

Outline, draft 1

Three questions

Other than that, I've just been chugging along with Max tutorials, and am on my way to having some sort of music generator patch up on here.

Next roundup in a week, but I guarantee that if the faithful stay online, you'll get a bunch more posts before then.