As @thetechnobear said:
Also if you are working on something, tell us about it, perhaps others have a similar interest, perhaps even collaboration is possible.
Will take that as an opportunity to introduce my pet project. No achievement yet, just exploring different approaches. So no berating me for failing to produce a proof of my amazing accomplishments. Just got my first Axo Core today.
My project/plan and reason to reach Axoloti-land is: building my very own digital wind instrument with all bells and whistles (but with more expressive sounds than ding-dong and wheeeeee). My musical background is as a sax player and ethnomusicologist. Which should give you an idea of what may be going on, here.
Been playing a fair bit with Raspberry Pi, Sonic Pi, and Pure Data with a bit of Processing, ChucK, SuperCollider, and iOS apps. Been having a whole lot of fun through “Digital Musicking” (i.e. the music part of Digital Making, building upon Gilbert Rouget and Christopher Small’s ideas on diverse types of musical participation).
Over twenty years ago, bought a Yamaha WX-11 Wind Controller. Unlike most Akai EWI models (and the new Roland AE-10 Aerophone), it only serves as a MIDI controller and produces no sound whatsoever. So my basic, almost pressing need is for a portable sound module of some kind. Got a TX81Z (rackmount FM synthesizer from the 1980s), but that’s not very convenient. Could use a laptop, smartphone, or tablet, but it’s the same basic issue. Would just like to add proper sounds to this device. Almost any kind of microcontroller or single-board computer could do the trick. Just a matter of creating a synth patch and driving it through MIDI.
An ear-opener is in using breath pressure (MIDI CC#2) to modulate a low-pass filter. Tried that with softsynths on both desktop and mobile devices. Makes things really expressive. Amazingly simple. So, having a small device which takes MIDI in and drives some kind of sawtooth wave changing pitch with MIDI notes (in legato mode), modulating a low-pass filter’s cutoff frequency through breath control would be fun.
But, obviously, my plans get much deeper.
One is to enable the “Michael Brecker Effect”, based on the work done by Robby Kilgore with the well-known sax player on the Oberheim Xpander. You send a MIDI note and the system gives you rotating chords to accompany this. As the sax is a monophonic instrument, it’s a real kick to have complex harmony coming out of playing a sax-like instrument.
Created similar harmonizing effects in Pure Data and Sonic Pi. Loads of fun to play. Also used mucoder’s no-cost tonespace standalone app and plugin to enable complex harmonies from single notes. And played with other approaches to harmonizing incoming notes. Lots of potential and, assuming Axo could do things like these, could be a significant part of the instrument.
Apart from harmonization affordances, my ideal digital wind instrument would be able to control sound in very expressive ways. Modulating a low-pass filter’s cutoff frequency through breath is a lot of fun already. But how about using some parts of your mouth to change timbre in significant ways? Existing wind controllers have some kind of lip/bite sensing, which typically translates to pitch bend (but can be assigned to other controls). But how about going deeper into the articulation mechanics of the mouth? Woodwind players already realize that a fair amount is happening in the mouth as we play. But once you start getting into articulatory phonetics, you realize that it gets deeper and more complicated, if not complex. Maybe it starts with a kind of (whispered) vocoding model or some sort of formant filter bank. But we can go further than a breath-enabled wah-wah pedal.
The other big dimension is about the synthesis model. Been dreaming of something which brings together wavetable, physical modeling, virtual analog (“modular”), additive, FM, and granular syntheses. Not all the same time, maybe. But flexibly going from one to the other and/or having affordances from a couple of them. My ideal instrument would produce sounds which haven’t necessarily existed before, yet don’t sound out of place in particular musical contexts.
So, there you go: my overall idea for building something with the Axoloti Core. Will certainly take quite a while to build something worthwhile. But it’s a fun journey.
Obviously, help would be greatly appreciated. This Axoloti thing really is new to me.