January 8th, 2012 § Leave a Comment
Rejoice, Android Monome fans!
I finally found the time to release a working Beta of OSCream Monome and Monome Arc emulator for Android devices, it works quite well on my Samsung Galaxy S2, but I believe you would need quite a powerful device to run the application, in any case your Android device needs to be capable of running Adobe AIR.
I hope you’ll enjoy it, let me know how it works!
April 12th, 2011 § Leave a Comment
I have made good progress with the monome arc emulator for OSCream, actually I now have a working BETA, some small improvements still need to be made with the UI, also I’m not sure where and how to handle the encoder click (now I have simply put a separate button under the encoder), but the arc is already playable. In fact it even seems to be working quite good as far as I can tell on the PlayBook Simulator, I have played it with Stretta’s Electric Dharma Wheels, as well as other Arc instrument patches, the screenshot below is running Plates for Arc4.
March 30th, 2011 § 20 Comments
This tutorial will help you get started with OSCream on your PlayBook. At the end of this tutorial you will have installed a Monome application on your computer, learned how to configure OSCreamServer on your computer and OSCream on the PlayBook. You will have learned the basics of using a monome to play music.
- A BlackBerry PlayBook
- A computer (win or mac will do)
- Both of the above connected on the same WIFI network
- Download OSCreamServer
- Download Max runtime environment – the Max runtime is available for free
- Download Stretta’s Press Café version 2.1 for monomeserial
Install a Monome Application (Stretta’s Press Café for Max/MSP)
Download and install the Max5 runtime environment. We need it to run Press Cafe.
Unzip Press cafe to the directory of your choice, run the application by launching the file _Press Cafe.maxpat, this will launch Press Cafe inside the Max5 Runtime.
- Run OSCream Server on your computer, if your JAVA runtime environment is properly configured, just doubleclicking the OSCreamServer.jar file will launch the app, no need to install anything.
- You can leave all the default values, in the PlayBook TCP connection part, note the Port number. Click the Connect button.
Connect the PlayBook
- Run OSCream on your PlayBook, Swipe-Down the configuration menu from the top of the screen.
- In the host field, enter your computer’s IP address
- In the port field, enter the port as seen in OSCreamServer Playbook TCP connection section (8090 if you kept the default settings)
- In the prefix field type “/press_cafe” as seen in the upper right hand corner of the Press Cafe application.
- Switch the connection ON.
- Press any button on the PlayBook, hear the music played on your computer by Press Cafe
Learn more about the Open Sound Control protocol on opensoundcontrol.org
For this tutorial, we relied on Max/MSP, having the Max/MSP runtime environment set up is a great plus as as many good monome application are running on Max/MSP. But there are many other software that can be used to interface with the Monome. Pure Data is an open source equivalent of Max/MSP, Chuck is a music oriented programming language, or you can start programming your own Monome application in the language of your choice
March 27th, 2011 § Leave a Comment
OSCream Server is used to forward OSC Message between TCP protocol and UDP protocol.
On the PlayBook, OSCream is developped in Adobe AIR environment, for security reasons UDP communication is disabled in AIR on mobile devices, so OSCream send its OSC Messages over TCP. But most monome applications are designed to exchange OSC messages over UDP, so a tool is needed to allow application to communicate with the PlayBook, OSCreamServer does just that.
OSCream Server is programmed in Java, so it will run on any machine where a Java Runtime Environment is available, you will need Java version 1.6. OSCreamServer is distributed as a single JAR file, to run OSCreamServer, simply double-click on the JAR file icon.
OSCream Server source code is available on GitHub.