For the past eight months, I have been working on an iOS game based on the photography of Eadward Muybridge. As of this week, the game is now in the App Store. Since my quiet soft-launch earlier this week, it has already been downloaded more than five thousand times!
For the longest time I’ve wanted to set up a giant billboard-style to-do list in my office–something that would be so big that it would be hard to ignore. I was tempted by Panic’s gorgeous Status Board iOS app, but I didn’t know how easy it would be to integrate my daily Taskpaper-based todo lists with Panic’s widgets. (Also, the thought of tying up my iPad for this project was a no go.) We have tons of old computers lying around here, all perfect for powering a read-only browser-based status board, so it seemed like a no-brainer to throw something together.
Usage is pretty simple. You create a div in your HTML like so:
That’s pretty much it. Once you’ve got it set up, you can style it using the taskpaper.css file.
Check it out here: jsTaskPaper
I wanted to introduce the first of what I hope will be several Chrome Experiments (prediction: all HTML5, and all music-related). It’s called Tito, and you can play with it here.
What is it? It’s an early prototype for a musical instrument that uses a bouncing ball gravity model to trigger and manipulate audio samples. It’s an instrument that designed to be played as chord accompaniment for a lead instrument. You “play” the instrument by clicking the chord buttons on the right. Note for music geeks: 7ths and Dim notes are provided with each chord, but muted by default. Click on the notes at the bottom of the bouncing ball graphs to enable them.
Requirements: Tito requires Chrome, Safari, or Firefox. Also, Tito requires Flash as the audio portion is still being done in Flash (Currently Firefox 4 is the only browser to have an HTML5 spec for audio data, alas.)
Here are the new features I’m working on for the next version:
- Ability to choose between multiple different sample sets.
- Option to retrigger all the balls on each chord change.
- Ability to position falling balls by clicking on them and letting go. Done! 10/21/10.
- Sliders for changing gravity settings.
- And finally, whatever features you want. @reply me on twitter (@dhilowitz).
Ability to mute specific balls.Done! 10/19/2010. Ability to change chords.Done! 10/1/2010.
Download Da Metronome 1.0 (21k) – A metronome program for Windows 95 / 98 / XP. It lets you select between the built-in sound, the PC speaker, and your own wave file. It also features a drop-down menu to let you selected the priority of the program (for better timing accuracy). Requires file “mfc40.dll”.
Download DaMod 0.99b (40k) – A modulation experiment kit. It generates different waveforms and allows the user to export these to a wave file. Much cooler is that the user can also choose modulate an external wave file with the currently selected waveform settings. Lots of experimental sounds can be made this way. Great for electronica/hip-hop production. Still being beta-tested. Requires: Microsoft DirectSound for playback (but wave export will work fine without) and file “mfc40.dll.”