An OpenSource Arduino project, for DJs who love Jim Henson. This device connects to your DJ controller (or any device with a standard MIDI output port) and dances to the beat of your music. Various movements and patterns are controllable via MIDI messages .
Here is the plan:
- Collect Resources
- Create Basic App
- Create Basic App with screen, buttons and menu prompt
- Create Github repo
- Prototype Midi hardware with optocoupler
- Program midi code, basic bpm detect and some movement patterns
- Prototype mechanics
- Assemble / Test
- Extended control with Midi Messages from DJ controller
- Traktor S8 DJ Controller
- Arduino Mega
- Arduino Mega Servo Shield
- 4 Servo motors
- MIDI Shield
Create Basic App
Its May 26th, 2020, several months into lockdown. I have not done a ton in this time. Wasn’t really motivated I suppose. For my birthday I selected a bunch of ST:CCG boxes and started making decks again. I spent close to two weeks this month just working on decks and playing solo games, improving the loosing deck after each battle.
Last night I decided it was time to do something else, packed up all the cards (though my boxes have still not come – I have that to still look forward to.. but LATER) and started going through my recovery hard drive to relocate my lost lossless techno collection. I guess it just jogged some memories and some goals; After such an extended period of doing virtually nothing, I feel like tackling one of my long term goals: jump-dance Gobo-matron.
I have day dreamed about making a dancing Gobo Arduino powered invention thinger-ma-bop for a number of years now. So, Im just going to DO IT!
Lets see how long a prototype takes me. Annnnd Go Gogo Gobo!