Author Archives: chrisballprojects

About chrisballprojects

I fill my spare time playing and recording music, and building things to amuse myself.

Website fluff up

Hi! I’ve recently messed with the DNS for my main website, . As a result – it may be down for a couple of days and you’ll be redirected here, to my old blog. If you need information about … Continue reading

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Website Migration

I’ve decided to upgrade! I’m moving my blog to I’ll leave this blog page up for a while (maybe a year or so), but any new posts will be at the new site. Chris.

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Laser Cut Halftones

So, I’ve spent a lot of time on this project, which I started in February. I’ll make this post a short one, however. I wrote a processing program that converts images into .svg files suitable for our hackspace laser cutter, … Continue reading

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2014, 2015, and Dub Sirens

Well, it’s been nearly a year since my last post – good grief. Rest assured, I was busy with projects throughout 2014 – I simply didn’t get the chance (or sometimes inclination) to blog about them. As I’ve said before, … Continue reading

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Laser Harps: A Quick Arduino Instructable

I frequently get emails asking for schematics and code for the laser harps I’ve made. For the record; I don’t mind this at all, but I always feel a little guilty when sending out the information I have – it’s … Continue reading

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Crogmatron Mk 1

So I’ve been working on a new instrument recently, currently nicknamed the “Crogmatron”. It’s an array of 5 range sensors with LEDs that provide visual feedback, and it sends MIDI notes and CC messages depending on how you use it. … Continue reading

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Spherical Range Detector

Hi all! It’s been a while – but I’ve been busy with a few more midi projects. With this year’s Manchester Mini Maker Faire approaching, I decided to begin making more devices that will be fun to use, visually as … Continue reading

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Weird CC Converter in Processing

I’ve been working with MIDI and processing recently, but this week I’ve been taking a look specifically at CC messages. These are used to send control information, usually for audio effects. I came up with a little sketch in processing … Continue reading

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MIDI Visualisations in Processing

I’ve been working on a few MIDI-based programs in Processing recently, a couple of which are MIDI visualisers. These are programs that create a visual display based on the output from a midi file (similar to those seen at: … Continue reading

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Laser Harp MkIII

Hi everyone! It’s been a while (as I promised). The third prototype Laser Harp is now complete! The main changes are: -It’s bigger (20% larger) -More buttons! I’ve used one of these ( Mostly these are used to control key … Continue reading

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