ITP Notebook

By Elias Jarzombek [Website Github Twitter]

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Abacusynth: Housing Fabrication

May 04, 2022

My thesis, the Abacusynth, is a synthesizer inspired by an abacus. First Prototypes I began with some scrap wood connected by a steel rod…

Abacusynth: Spinner Fabrication

April 10, 2022

Sketch of my thesis project: Abacusynth For my thesis project I am creating a synthesizer inspired by an abacus. Its interface consists of…

Marquee Letter PCB

February 28, 2022

Finalizing the Marquee Letter project started last week. The updated schematic The updated board design The milled circuit board…

Programming an ATtiny

February 06, 2022

This week I programmed an ATtiny to create a proximity sensor. I used an RCWL-1601 ultrasonic sensor to detect proximity and illuminate an…

Pendular

December 07, 2021

I am excited to present Pendular, a collaboration with Marcel Wang. Video coming soon! Overview Initial Concept System Overview Fabrication…

Puncture

October 28, 2021

For the midterm show Marcel and I developed Puncture, an interface and performance that explores pressure, tension, and release. Background…

CNC Woodblock

October 21, 2021

This week I milled a musical woodblock using the CNC. My goal was to create multiple textures that you could play by tapping or scraping the…

Musical Sketchpad

September 29, 2021

The Musical Sketchpad is a sequencer designed for short improvisations/performances. Whereas most sequencers let you place notes on a grid…

Final Project Ideas

September 15, 2021

3D Painting Last year I created a program that generates a digital ‘painting’ from a photo. It would be interesting to create 3d sculptures…

2D Drawing

September 14, 2021

This week I created a 2D rendering of a pocket operator that I have. The device and ruler I used Using a ruler I measured the device and…

Two Materials

April 28, 2021

For my “Two Materials” project I made a toy car. Unfortunately the band saw was unavailable so I had to improvise on the shape and it turned…

Final Project Proposal

April 25, 2021

For my final project I will be porting my Abacusynth project (which I made during the Oscillation week) into a Max/MSP plugin for Ableton…

Laser Cut Chess Set

April 13, 2021

For this week’s laser cutter assignment I created a chess set. I found some inspiration online for a board with slots into which the pieces…

Cellular Automata

April 04, 2021

Open sketch This week I explored Conway’s Game of Life. I started with the Coding Train code and was interested in implementing multiple…

Timbre Study

April 02, 2021

This week I began to port a JavaScript synthesizer I made a few weeks ago for my Nature of Code class to a Max for Live device. The…

Flocking

March 28, 2021

Open sketch This week I modified my simulation project to incorporate flocking behaviors. The three sliders at the bottom control the…

Falling Sound

March 18, 2021

Open sketch For my Simulation project I was inspired by falling sand games (like this one). I wanted to make something with many small…

Oscillation

February 28, 2021

Try it out / view code For this week ‘Oscillation’ theme I created a synthesizer. Its layout is inspired by an abacus and the interaction is…

Forces

February 21, 2021

Open sketch This week I experimented with making sound using gravitational forces. I started with the Gravitational Attraction code and…

Vectors

February 15, 2021

Open sketch This week I modified my previous project to use vectors and also added a few more interactions. Three sliders now control wiggle…

Random Walk

February 07, 2021

Open sketch My random walk is an atmospheric musical painting controlled by placing shapes onto a canvas. The different types of shape…

Project Prompt

February 05, 2021

A few ideas for musical interaction project prompts How do you ‘tend to’ music/audio? Can you mold sound like clay ala sculptGL? What about…

Virtual Cornell Box

December 09, 2020

For our final animation, Hyun and I created a Marcel Duchamp themed Cornell Box. Joseph Cornell often used a boxed assemblage of found…

Musical Garden

December 09, 2020

Musical Garden The Musical Garden is an experiment in making music by planting and tending to a virtual garden. The two interactions are…

Project 2: ◣

November 24, 2020

My animation tells the story of a ◣ who navigates a geometric world with the help of some friends. My initial idea changed somewhat as I…

Drawing Sound

November 24, 2020

Week 4: Sound For my p5 audio experiment I extended my last assignment to produce sound. The new version now plays music based on the image…

Neural Networks: Study

November 20, 2020

This week I started work on a program that I will eventually use for my Physical Computing Project 3. The project will be a miniature…

Project 3: Concept

November 19, 2020

Project 3 concept sketch For Project 3 I am aiming to create a miniature “finger drummer” that plays a beat on physical drums using servo…

Project 1 Update

November 17, 2020

For my short animated video I am exploring how basic shapes can be dynamically combined to create new forms and motions. The story follows a…

L-Systems Study

November 13, 2020

This week Pippa and I experimented with us L-Systems to control sound and visuals. We started with a tutorial by necessary-disorder and…

Project 1: Storyboard

November 11, 2020

Sketching and storyboarding the character For my short animation I aim to explore how forms can be broken down in to their constituent…

Week 1: Image and Video

November 10, 2020

For my image project I have created Texturizer, a program that generates moving textures from random stock images. It uses the Unsplash…

Markov Chain Study

November 06, 2020

For our study of Markov Chains, Sohaila, Jingxi, and I created a robotic “music box” that sings lyrics generated by any text that the user…

Project 2: Labyrinth

November 05, 2020

Overview Labyrinth is an arcade-style puzzle game where you use a physical controller to roll a virtual marble through a maze. It consists…

Stop Motion: Walking Study

November 03, 2020

For my stop motion GIFs I wanted to animate a character walking. Using two action figures I had lying around, I first attempted to free-hand…

Project 2: Concept

October 28, 2020

For Project 2 I am hoping to create a labyrinth marble game — a ‘ball-in-maze’ style game where you tilt a plane in order to navigate a ball…

The Green Frog

October 25, 2020

A capture of a play-through. If the video does not load, watch here Concept For our final project, Chloe and I created an interactive…

Midterm: Synth Station

October 23, 2020

The Synth Station is a music making web device that combines two of my previous studies, the Drum Radar and the Additive Synth. It allows…

Watching Live Sessions

September 11, 2020

I find musical inspiration by watching artists perform in live ‘session-style’ settings. These are most commonly for radio, but they can…