looking for someone to help me realize a project with music and plant response

Sep 10, 2011 at 8:37pm

looking for someone to help me realize a project with music and plant response

I am a composer beginning work on a project with music and plant responses. and was thinking of trying to use Max and sensors. I have very small knowledge of Max and am looking for someone who can do the technical part of the project, or guide me through it. Someone I talked to (who is too busy to work with me now) suggested that Arduino might be a good way to communicate between the sensors and Max.

I’m going to do this at a residency and am leaving in a few days, and my most immediate question is, what equipment should I order so it can meet me there?

I am thinking about environmental sensors, like for light, temperature, moisture (air or soil), and wind; a motion sensor that could make the whole thing activate when someone or something comes near; and a sensor or sensors that could sense the plant’s activity or response, for example, changes in electrical resistance on a leaf, or measuring sap flow.

This is an unexpected opportunity, and I have some, but not a lot, of money for it right now.

Any help or advice would be great, and if you might be interested in assisting me technically, please let me know.

Sep 10, 2011 at 10:08pm

Arduino to Max certainly has a relatively shallow learning curve and, due to Arduino’s popularity, a large and helpful/resourceful community.

‘Off-the-shelf’ sensors, such as light, temperature, flexion/bend are in my opinion, more or less ‘plug and play’, whereas moisture/humidity, galvanic response etc might require more tweaking – my terminology is vague here as I clearly have no experience of the latter sensor types.

This is an excellent place to start:


and I stumbled on this video demonstrating exactly what you’re describing – in Max at least:



Sep 10, 2011 at 11:41pm

Seems there is no way to send private messages or get member’s email address any more or I am just being really dense?…

I would love to talk to you about your project via email. My address is cloverstreet at the gmail.com
Christopher Overstreet


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