Neuronal Synchrony or N • S is a local web application to dynamically generate animations in real-time. This video is a live recording of myself running and playing the software to music, Panoramic by Lusine. As a result it is a single shot of my computer’s desktop. Neuronal Synchrony interfaces through the midi controller Monome 128, a device typically used for creating, sequencing, and modifying music in real time. Because of this Neuronal Synchrony works well alongside a DJ, musician, or band to accompany audio like the video here. When you hit a button an animation begins; when you hit three buttons, a chord of animations.
illucia – a modular codebending instrument
Illucia is a codebending instrument.
Codebending is the exploration of software with “patch points.” Patch points expose the inner workings of computer programs, and allow for atypical connections between things like games, music making software, office suites, etc.
illucia is a USB device with physical jacks that correspond to software patch points, which can be connected and disconnected using patch cables. Thus, illucia is a console for routing information between computer programs, and opens strange relationships across systems that don’t usually interact – it turns systems themselves into play objects.
I’ve written several codebendable games / programs that open their inner workings via patch points. Fascinating and unexpected things happen when connecting otherwise-unrelated programs:
Video games can play other video games. Music synthesizers can control word processors. Feedback loops turn everyday software tropes into generative art. Simple AI is patchable. Anything controls (and can be controlled by) anything; in codebending, every system becomes an instrument with a unique voice, ready to control, and be controlled.
illucia is a physical instrument to explore these kinds of connections – it is a way to treat systems as playgrounds.