Dog Star Orchestra Concert Series

Dog Star Orchestra

I will be co-curating a concert and premiering a new piece for the 10th annual Dog Star Orchestra concert series. The concert will take place on Tuesday, June 10th 2014 at The Wulf in Los Angeles. The Dog Star Orchestra concert series was founded by composer Michael Pisaro over ten years ago and highlights experimental sound practices and performances by LA based composers and performers.

The first half of the concert on June 10th will feature a performance of Robert Lax’s Black and White Oratorio organized and directed by Sara Roberts. The second half of the concert will feature three new computer music works for the Raspberry Pi based speakers that I recently developed and built. Billed as Three Pieces for Networked Speakers the second half of the concert will feature Type A Nightmare No.2 by Clay Chaplin, Synopsis by Sepand Shahab, and A Glimpse by David Paha. Performers will include Jenica Anderson, Clay Chaplin, Heather Lockie, David Paha, Sepand Shahab, and Stephanie Smith.

Recording session with Mark Trayle


I recently finished a recording session with composer Mark Trayle. We recorded his piece Nearfield Edges in the Wild Beast concert hall at CalArts. Mark’s piece uses a piezo-based feedback mechanism to activate the space with very high frequencies (in the 13K range) that bounce around the room and create mind altering sonic experiences. I used the mid-side stereo technique with a Schoeps CM5 as the mid and an AKG 414 as the side for the main pair. I used an array of Neumann km-184s in the back of the hall to capture room resonances. Look for a release of the piece in the late summer of 2014.

Raspberry Pi Workshop at Machine Project

Raspberry Pi workshop

I will be teaching a two day Raspberry Pi workshop at Machine Project on Wednesday, March March 12th and Monday, March 17th 2014. The workshop will focus on using the Raspberry Pi camera module with an emphasis on capturing time lapse videos.

The first class session will focus on getting the Raspberry Pi set up, learning the commands for the HD camera board and preparing a time lapse video capture script using the Python programming language. For homework, each student will shoot a time lapse video of their choice.

In the second class meeting we will cover how to convert the time lapse images into a video file for presentation. Each student will then show their time lapse video to the class. As time permits we will also cover modifications for the time lapse script, capturing video files to disk and using the pi camera board’s image effects remotely as a realtime “Video Synth.” We’ll also demonstrate a pan and tilt servo controller for the camera board.

You can register for the class using this link

Raspberry Pi – SSH & Remote Login

SSH picture

At some point you probably will want to connect to your Pi remotely using the Terminal program on your laptop. This allows for the Pi to be run “headlessly” – meaning a display is not connected to the Pi.

In order to connect to the Pi from your laptop the Pi will need to be connected to a network and you will need to know the Pi’s IP Address. Type the following command on your Pi:

ip addr

and make note of the IP address. Its the other one, not

Make sure your laptop is connected to the same network as the Pi you’d like to remotely connect to. On your laptop open the Terminal program from the Utilities folder. At the prompt type:

ssh pi@ip-address 

replace ‘ip-address’ with the actual IP address of your Pi

The command looked like this on my laptop:

ssh pi@

Press return, answer ‘yes’ to the authentication question, and enter the Pi’s password

Raspberry Pi – Initial Configuration for Video

raspberry pi video configuration

Raspi-Config Menu

When you boot your Raspberry Pi for the first time make sure it is connected to a display. The software configuration window should open. You can run the raspi-config program from the terminal at any time by typing:

sudo raspi-config

In the raspi-config menu navigate to the following options and make changes:

1) Expand the filesystem – will resize the amount of storage space available
2) Change User Password: the default is raspberry. change it to be r
5) Enable camera – yep. gotta turn it on
7) Overclocking — set to High or Turbo
8) Advanced options –
- A2 Hostname – you can change this if you’ll be working with multiple Pis via a command line
- A3 Memory split for gpu – set to 256
- A4 SSH – confirm that the SSH server is on. It should be by default

Click finish and reboot the Pi.

SSH and Remote Login

After the Pi reboots you’ll need to login. The username is pi and the password should be r if you changed it in the steps above.

- login
- startx to open the Pi’s GUI
- double click on WIFI Config icon on the desktop
- window will open. click on “scan”
- select the network you’d like to join and double click on the name. a new window will open
- In the first field labeled SSID make sure that the network name is correctly entered
- In the PSK field type in the network password
- that’s it – hit “Add” button on the bottom of the window. Then close the Scan window
- In the main window titled “wpa_gui” you’ll see the network status. If you successfully joined the network the Satus field will say “Completed”
- Look at the last field titled “IP address” and make note of the IP address. You’ll need the IP address in order to login to the Pi remotely from your laptop.
- close the window and logout out of the GUI by clicking on the red button on the bottom right corner of the screen
- reboot the Pi – sudo reboot

In order to connect to the Pi from your laptop you need to know the Pi’s IP Address. Type the following:

ip addr

and make note of the IP address. It the other one, not

On your laptop open the Terminal program from the Utilities folder. At the prompt type:

ssh pi@ip-address 

replace ‘ipaddress’ with the ip address of your Pi

The command looked like this on my laptop:

ssh pi@

Press return, answer ‘yes’ to the authentication question, and enter the password

Change the Keyboard Layout


sudo nano /etc/default/keyboard





Save the file

Change the Time Zone

On your Pi’s terminal type:

sudo dpkg-reconfigure tzdata


US, pacific ocean

Setup a Python Script to Email IP Address

Download the following python script to your laptop:


Once downloaded, change the name to “”
Open the file in a text editor on your laptop and add information to the following variables:
     gmail user
     gmail password
Save the file to your desktop

Copy the file to your Pi using a new ‘local’ terminal window on your laptop
In the Terminal program on your laptop type command-t to open another session window
In the new terminal window type

 scp /users/username/desktop/ pi@ip-adress:/home/pi/scripts

The command, assuming is on the desktop, looked like this on my laptop:

scp /users/dwingus/desktop/ pi@ /home/pi

Make the python script executable

sudo chmod +x

Make a new directory called scripts

sudo mkdir scripts

Move the file to the scripts directory

sudo mv scripts

Edit the rc.local file that will call the script when the Pi boots
Open the file rc.local in the nano text editor

sudo nano /etc/rc.local  

Add the following right above “fi”:

python /home/pi/scripts/

Save the file

Software Update
Its a good idea at this point to make sure all of the Pi’s software is up to date. The system version we installed was created in January so some of the libraries and programs have been updated since then. Type the following commands to do a complete software update

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade  

Your Pi is now configured! type the following to reboot

sudo reboot

Raspberry Pi – Image Viewer

Raspberry Pi Image Viewer

INSTALL AN IMAGE VIEWER ON THE PI – Single view and Slideshow

To install the FBI image viewer type the following in a terminal on your Pi:

sudo apt-get install fbi

To view an image type the following:

sudo fbi -d /dev/fb0 -a -T 2 0001.jpg

#  the -d /dev/fb0 flag calls a 'framebuffer'

#  the -T 2 is needed when controlling the pi via SSH - tells it to use the Terminal for input

To "unview" the image you have to kill the FBI process. To find the FBI process type:

ps -aux | grep fbi

# ps -aux lists all processes running which is then "piped" (|) to the grep search function which looks for any fbi processes

To kill the FBI process type:

sudo kill  [process id number]

To start a slideshow of images in a folder via SSH terminal

sudo fbi -d /dev/fb0 -a -T 2 -t 5 *.jpg

#  the - t  (lowercase) sets the time interval in seconds between images

To start a slideshow of images in a folder without the photo information on the bottom of the screen type:

sudo fbi -noverbose -a -t 10 -T 2 -d /dev/fb0 *.jpg

Digital Meditation Loop No.2

Digital Meditation Loop No.1

I’ve been experimenting with sound and video collisions using max/msp/jitter. The result of this particular collision is a one minute video loop using footage of a Dutch herring chef and a processed field recording of the market where the herring stand was located. The sonic and visual processing is driven by a crossed feedback network of parameter data from the digital audio and video files. The sound affects the video and the video affects the sound.

Raspberry Pi Video Synthesizer

I’ve been working on a Raspberry Pi video synthesizer that is coded in Python running on two Raspberry Pi computers. Each Pi runs a Python script to access the camera module controls and video effects. Each Pi’s camera is pointed at the other Pi’s video monitor to create a feedback loop. OSC commands provide remote control and are sent to each Pi from a max patch running on a laptop. More documentation with sound is on the way. For now enjoy the footage

Raspberry Pi Speakers running Pd

Raspberry Pi WIFI speaker boxes

I built these Raspberry pi Speakers using mono amplifier boards from Sparkfun, 8 ohm speakers from All Electronics, a few components and some wood from my garage I have made four WIFI speaker boxes for Raspberry Pi based audio projects. Each speaker box has a Raspberry Pi in the back that runs a Pure Data audio patch. The Pure Data audio patch is controlled via OSC through a WIFI dongle on the Pi. The speaker is powered via the Pi’s 3.3 volt GPIO pin and ground.

More information and a demonstration video is on the way!