For this project, I was asked to create a controller and a max patch that was able to manipulate visuals on a screen (to music) in front of an audience of 100 people. I was required to use Max 7, an Arduino board, and Arduino software.
For my project, I decided to use a coffee can as my instrument for a number of reasons. The first was that it was extremely portable. With this small compact design, it would be simple to bring my instrument anywhere. In addition to the portability of the can, it also provided very nice insulated housing for all of my wiring as well as my Arduino board. I used arcade buttons because they provided strong feedback and had the perfect amount of resistance to where it made the instrument very easy to play.
Aesthetically, I relied heavily on the change of silhouette and extreme contrast with the black background. I felt that these things coupled with the heavy buildup with the music would create an exciting experience for the audience.