Beat Feet– documentation
They didn’t make themselves, that’s for sure. The documentation for how we made the perfboards for the wireless modules can be found on a flickr photostream here, and the rest of the documentation (code, etc) can be found at our website here.
The show went really well, with just a couple minor set-backs. My computer kept crashing when I tried to do more than one layer of looping in MIDI. Closing and restarting the Processing sketch seemed to help for a while. Looking back, I really wish we’d found a way to cycle through the preset MIDI files we created, a way to cycle through using a gesture, or the hat somehow. Switching over to the sound sample files from MIDI would have been great… as it was, I had to stop the sketch, change SYNTH to SAMPLE, and then re-run it.
People seemed to enjoy trying to figure out if the floor was sensing my weight, and what exactly the hat was doing. Tom told me not to talk to people at first, but to simply dance, and people would respond or be intrigued by what was happening. After dancing for 10 hours in the shoes, I finally understood how to use them and the little performative tricks I could play to make it seem like there was more going on than there really was. One of the perks of having a team in this case was that Yin could explain what was happening while I just danced a storm.