April 30, 2004
Disko Boy

It's friday after all, so here's my latest creation built with Processing to get you into the right swing for the weekend: Disko Boy will dance to any music you play. Before you can see him though you'll need some preparation:

- Your browser has to be Java-enabled. Most browsers are, but if it doesn't work, you can download Java software for the desktop here.

- As Disko Boy has to tap into your sound channel you will need to install the JSyn plugin. You'll probably not have this installed yet, but the download is only a few seconds long. And don't worry about privacy: upon each launch a confirmation box will pop up and ask you if you allow it to access your sound-input. In this case you should confirm that with "OK".

- Usually the sound input on your computer is set to microphone-only. That's okay, but a bit boring perhaps. Most sound cards allow you sample whatever comes out of your boxes. That feature is called mono- or stereo-mix and you can set that up in your sound control panel. Here is a step-by-step tutorial how to accomplish that under Windows.

- I had some reports that on some OS/browser combinations this widget completely hangs your computer or it doesn't work at all. So better save that FLA/Word file/Powerpoint presentation you are currently working on before you progress.

Oh yes - in case anybody asks: Disko Girl might be coming soon, for just $3.99.

Posted at April 30, 2004 10:40 AM | Further reading
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Hm, unfortunately there is nothing to see on mozilla 1.6 and the mov can't be imported by flash.

Posted by: bokel on April 30, 2004 02:37 PM

Yes as I said it seems not to work with certain combinations. I just tested it with an old Mozilla 1.3.1 and it works just fine. Did you restart the browser after installing the plugin?

Posted by: Mario Klingemann on April 30, 2004 02:40 PM

Hmm, looks familar.

Perhaps i should combine swiftMp3 with this: http://www.mxfiles.kneib.biz/drag_and_go_back_spezial.html


:-)

greets
michael

Posted by: Michael Kneib on May 4, 2004 11:58 AM

I just tested it on a different computer and discovered that I have to add some sound input calibration. For the moment to get a good-looking effect set the input gain to a pretty low value, otherwise the distortion is way too hard.

Posted by: Mario on May 10, 2004 10:18 AM

Hm. You might have mentioned that "Disco Boy" was not an actual dancing character but rather a crotch shot of a male model that jiggles to music.

Not exactly the easiest thing to explain when someone walks in after you click on the link.

Thanks for that.

P.S. Jiggling crotches aside, the concept is lame.

Posted by: Paolo on July 5, 2004 12:48 AM
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