Project Promt

Honestly, I haven’t really thought much about a  project. I have so many ideas, but I’d like the core of my project to produce some sort of data output. It took me a long time to call myself an artist, particularly because I’ve had writers block for some time now — a few years (more than I’d like to admit). But  I AM an artist  and if I were active, I’d personally find a device that could potentially break writers block extremely useful. A system/tool enabling an artist to input  lyrics and receive returned rhyming output would be pretty amazing.

I completed an excellent Python programming class (Reading and Writing Electronic Text) with Allison Parrish a few semesters ago. We had a session dedicated to sound symbolism and pronouncing. I was really interested in the  rhymes function. I’d like to possibly integrate this function into my project – if possible.

Make America Great [Again]- Spider Bae

Quick note: This isn’t an attack on Kanye West, I appreciate and admire him as a human and artist. One of the things I love most about him is the passion and love he puts into his work and what he believes in. He doesn’t conform and I highly respect that. However, he needs to understand the power of his platform; it’s impactful and people are listening, particularly children. Kanye’s recent rants in the media makes my head feel like it could literally explode. Honestly, I’m returning the favor.


Midterm and process below:


Here’s the code:

I used a JPEG image online and converted it to .PNG (thanks FenFen).  I also modified a few sound files in Adobe Premier to use as background audio in the web editor. Initially, I ran into trouble getting the potentiometer to communicate with P5. Danny and Ari also helped me figure out a few coding errors.  There are still minor issues but its pretty functional for the most part.


Things I would change:

  • Find a way to make spider bae more interactive. The potentiometer was a great tool for P5 and Arduino connectivity but user interaction was limited after the explosion.
  • Functional in full screen mode – I had issues rendering the P5 sketch in full mode.

No auto save. Gaming in the 90’s


I was a hard-core gamer once. I had every popular game as a kid and would play well into the morning on weekends (of course) until completion. I’m talking about the hard-core gamer here –  blow into the system and game cartridge gamer. No auto save, you only have two options: game paused or game over gamer. Yeah, hard-core.

I’m not bragging here, I actually can’t believe there wasn’t an option to save console games until The Legend of Zelda in 1987. The cartridge had an internal battery that powered a RAM chip which allowed players to save their progress. The NES was a good console but I have to say, the SNES changed my LIFE.

I get nostalgic when I see micro-controllers. I think of gadgets, game consoles and anything electronic from my childhood. For my Raspberry Pi assignment I wanted to use Sonic Pi to create a few sounds from an old school game. I ran into trouble during set up because I wasn’t able to find the /opt/sonic-pi/etc/samples folder with all the .flac sample sound files. I downloaded several .wav sounds from as a workaround and wired four push buttons to a breadboard and Raspberry Pi to create a GPIO box.

Check it out:


Next steps: Turn .wav sounds into a rhythmic flow and pattern. Make music!

I’m actually really interested in Sonic Pi in general and I’d LOVE to eventually make an entire album using Sonic Pi and live coding.

Stay tuned…

Also, I found this cool website for 8 bit sounds after I completed the GPIO box…

I added another button and include a game over wav file.

I. had. to.


[Final Video] Emotional IQ

I had so much fun with this project. It was an informative learning experience and Marina’s feedback during our early stages into completion was critical.

Thank you Gabriella and FenFen for your hard work and dedication to our project.

Also, a tremendous thank you to the actors who made our video possible.

Actors: Amanda Wallace and Rel Holla

Voiceover Actor: Evelyse Fung

Music: Alumo Royalty Free Music – Cinematic Inspirational Music Instrumental


Thank you!

[Midterm idea] A blast from the past [ICM]

We were asked to incorporate ICM work with Pcomp for the midterm assignment. Its been well over a year since ICM but I’m still pretty excited to refresh my mind and revisit some of my old projects from my ICM days… I was obsessed with Kanye West last year for some odd reason; way before his recent comments in the media about well.. everything. Needless to say, Ye’s been under harsh criticism lately – and rightfully so.  Millions of people look up to Kanye West, particularly the youth  – to go even deeper, young black children. Trust me I get it, it’s not a rappers job to play a positive role model for kids but it’s crucial for entertainers to have an awareness of their direct impact and influence, on and off-screen. I’m not interested in judging Kanye’s political views;  we have the right to support who we want to support. But there’s a huge difference between free thought and trolling…

Anyway, Kanye is the subject of my Midterm assignment. I plan to use a potentiometer to manipulate an image of Ye in P5.  The pot will control several behaviors and I’ll add a final touch at the end of the potentiometer reading.

How does this all play into a “Halloween Themed” project? Well, aside from Kanye’s scary ass behavior lately, the potentiometer will also control spooky sounds. Additionally, I plan to have two bright red LED eyes on the base of my device. If this all works out, it will be super cool!


Make something [NYC Police Sirens]

I also followed the book for this exercise; I seem to retain more information when I read examples directly from the Arduino projects book.  I switch between the resources online and the physical book – this is extremely useful and helpful for me. I used a Pushbutton switch and three LED’s (red, blue, white), 3 220 OHM resistors, and 1 10 K ohm resistor to replicate NYC police sirens. The code was pretty straight forward but I added an extra 100 delay to create the flickering effect between the white and blue LED’s.

Make something C4/C5

I was able to get through a few labs but I ran into problems with the servo motor control project. I started with the web version and decided to work on the example in the book, which I found easier to comprehend. I followed the project line for line this time around to avoid mistakes but I still ran into trouble. Initially, I wanted to build a small menu with three food options for dinner. An arrow would cover the servo arm, similar to  the Mood cue example.

Ingredients: 3 Male header pins, 1 Potentiometer, 1 Servo Motor, Motor arm and 2 100UF capacitors. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get it working so I had an apple for dinner. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

I followed the code line for line, I’m not sure why it isn’t functional. The servo motor starts as soon as I upload Arduino however, the serial monitor returns weird values. I’m sure this is incorrect and I’ll need to ask Danny for guidance.



Loud Flower

Music, I have arrived! I’m excited about this project, although I couldn’t figure out how to import the pitches.h library until I disconnected the Arduino. I was feeling a bit nostalgic and wanted to play the Super Mario theme song through my 8ohm speaker.

Ingredients used: 1 220 resistor, 1 force-sensing resistor, 1 8 ohm speaker.

I used a custom-made picture frame designed by my grandmother to hold the speaker in place (hey Nana!). The sound isn’t great but it works and that alone is music to my ears…


Rough Cut

This week my group focused on organizing and delegating tasks. We figured out who was really good at a particular thing and assigned responsibilities according to our skills and interest. We sorted the following tasks:

Shot list
Selecting the music
Cuts in Premiere
Script writing
Scrap voice over
Branding & design

I researched several royalty free music sites for background music and narrowed the selection down to three. Also, writing a script for a pharmaceutical commercial is disturbing. Although part of our commercial has a sarcastic tone, the adverse effects of real medication is  alarming. Here’s some research on the side effects of a popular anti-depressant:



Gabriella wrote the script and voice-over, FenFen focused on branding and cuts and I worked on sound effects and music. I have some ideas for text placement and branding in the video; using this commercial for inspiration:

More to come…