After meeting Stephen and Tyler at a Startup weekend event in Seattle with a music vertical, we decided to hack a pureData patch to create stutter mic effects in 48 hours.
We created a pureData patch running on a laptop, which was hooked to a mic through a sound controller. I contributed by developing the midi component in Pd, which communicated with a TouchOsc XY midipad on a mobile device to achieve portable interactivity. As soon as the user interacted with the midipad and spoke in the mic, the system got activated and recorded user’s voice sample. X-axis was the playback speed and Y-axis was the sample length. The vision was to create a mic for people doing standups or hosting events to create stutter effects like “Che-che-che-check it out..” Even though our team didn’t win a prize, we were the crowd’s favorite with a working prototype. We also got offered to create this as a plugin for a local startup’s music application.
Later, I enhanced the patch to include incremental recording of wav files. This made it a handy sampler to collect, save, and modify ambient sounds using just my laptop. To follow up, I imported the samples into Ableton and created experimental tracks using those samples.