The Cyclophone is a circular OSC device/coffee table designed for multi person use. It has been in development since April 2013. It has 27 custom PCBs, two ARM powered linux computers, 24 keys, 4 knobs, and 3 buttons. It can function as a controller for an external synthesizer, or as an instrument on its own, with a built in speaker system. The main contributors to this project are Ben Burdette and Chris Chronopoulos.
All the software used in the cyclophone can be found on the github repo.
The original idea was inspired by the Soundpuddle, and took its place in the center of the Soundpuddle dome during Apogaea 2013. A blog post detailing the construction of the original Cyclophone can be found here.
At Apogaea, the Cyclophone got broked, so we set out to rebuild it stronger and better.
The new version features:
- High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE) Top
- Velocity-Sensitive Keys
- Arcade button
- On-board synthesis computer:
- Raspberry Pi running the Satellite CCRMA distribution
- On-board sound system (40W)
Here are some videos of Cyclophone 2.0 in action:
- Loop function demonstration
- At Maker Faire with Soundpuddle, Part 1
- At Maker Faire with Soundpuddle, Part 2
- At Maker Faire with Soundpuddle, Part 3
The Cyclophone is currently in development. The main goal for v3.0 is to add analog key-press parameters using IR sensors, to the tune of velocity-sensitivity and aftertouch. Here are some random videos of checkpoints we've made in that direction.
Version 4 is pretty much version 3 but with custom PCBs for greater reliability and consistency. Its more or less complete!