Dynamic Touch Interfaces That Build Themselves, with Android, iOS

Today, we note the availability on Android of Control, a WebKit-based touch interface also on iOS. For visualists and interactive designers, it’s worth paying attention to one feature in particular: dynamic interface creation. Perhaps biased by the musicians who have tended to embrace them, touch interfaces have tended to rely on the static layouts favored by physical knobs and faders. That’s arguably the worst of both worlds: you lose the tactile feedback of physical controls, but you don’t add any of the flexibility of a display. Control is an open-source application rendered in HTML5, powered by JavaScript and JSON, so …

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On Android, Free, Open Source Touch Control for Music – And It’s Just the Beginning

If you’re looking to turn an Android phone or flashy, new Android tablet into a touch controller for music, you’ll be really glad to see OSC and MIDI controller Control. Furthermore, here’s a solid, powerful app based on the Web that lets Apple and Android fans play well together. I’ve sung the praises of Control’s philosophy before. Templates are built on Web/HTML5 (WebKit) rendering, not proprietary, inflexible interface widgets, and can be created in JSON. You can make templates dynamic, too, because of everything JavaScript does. (Non-jargon-filled translation: you can use the goodness of the Web to make control layouts …

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Processing, Live: Popular Visual Code Tool, Meet Live-Coding and Clojure, Lisp

For some of us, coding is a slow, methodical process, and there’s even some appeal to the rhythm of it – do a series of things, try it, stop, go back to code… But if you’ve ever dreamt of coding and seeing immediate results — whether just to speed your coding solo, or even to code in live performance — you’ll like this news. live-processing clones the capabilities of Processing, the elegant, open source visual/multimedia coding environment, but adds live-coding capabilities. Aside from the live-coding aspect, it’s generally more compact and more dynamic. The secret is Clojure, a dynamic programming …

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Reactive Music of the Future: RjDj on iPad, Your Computer, Beyond

For many musical artists, the frontier of reactive, interactive music has been a long time coming. RjDj, an app which we first saw as a series of interactive musical scenes on the iPhone, is now being expanded by its developers into a mini-ecosystem of interactive music tools for creation and distribution. I don’t think it’s likely to work for everyone – some artists may have their own ideas about how to distribute such work, or may take this concept in different directions for performance. But it’s nothing if not stimulating to watch. Here’s the basic formula: 1. Authoring: The RJC1000 …

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