I have a few synth kits, and we're hosting a littleBits program on June 21, the day of Make Music NY, so I'm planning to rope the attendees into creating some sounds with our synth kits for Make Music NY. I only have two kits, but can bring some percussion intruments with me, and could also challenge participants to make as much noise as possible with the Workshop kits. . I won't be able to do something as elaborate as Hans Tammen's littleBits orchestra, but would like to have some element that makes it feel more like a communal performance rather than a program.Any suggestions?
With two synth kits you should be able to have 4-6 people at a time making the music. I would use micro sequencer and one oscillator for rhythm and one controlling filter cutoff with noise input for percussion. two keyboard - oscillator pairs for melody.dimmer controlling other filter cutoff to provide wah use wire to keep the bits far apart to make it easy to interact. You still have env and delay to add even more interest. Use the min jack outputs on speaker bits into a "real" mixer and then to an amp for volume.
I would also suggest offering all the light bits that you have to use between the synth bits. They make a perfect combination
Also, dimmers are always useful with the synth kit, and buttons too. And if you want to use the moving bits by controlling them with the synth bits, I would recommend that you check this post:http://discuss.littlebits.cc/t/acoustic-electro-acoustic-music-generator
Hi @lgoldstein! This idea sounds fun! Here are a couple discussion links that you might find relevant to this topic:
Topic started by @Jay757
Topic started by @Milind
I think it might be cool to of think of each bit (the ones that have some kind of controller i.e. knob, switch) as an instrument in itself. Each participant would be "performing" the bit or bits.
For example, you could start the communal performance with a simple 2-3 bit/person circuit. Then in coordination layer/add in bits/people to the end or the middle of the circuit and listen/watch the outcome of adding the bit/person to the circuit ... kinda communal Similar to how a drum circle is facilitated.
thank you for these ideas! I'll let you know what I end up with!
@lgoldstein How did your event go? Do you have any pictures or video of the event you can post to the project page or here on the forums?