Theatre 485, Advanced Sound Design, Fall 2008

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In Advanced Sound Design, the topic Fall 2008 was MIDI Show Control. The final project was to build a working model of a prior paper project. My group was working on Shakespeare's The Tempest, Act 1, Scene 1. This is where a ship is tossed about in a violent storm and then breaks. For our model, we built a modelbox with a portion of a ship. The ship was mounted on three Pneumatic Cyllinders which were connected to a Pneumatic Manifold. This in turn was controlled by a MIDI to Relay board and a 24v Power Supply. We also had an Expression 3 running 4 small lights and the whole thing was controlled by QLab which also ran the sound effects. For this project, I was in charge of the sound effects, Pneumatic Programming and the MIDI to Relay board (making sure it worked). The results are best demonstrated in the video below.