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By Joe Walter
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FOR MUSICIANS

We are building a Real-Time audio affects suite. Novice and Expert Musicians will find interest in the introductory and novel audio affects.

FOR ARTISTS

The app will act as a Tonoscope. Meaning sound input will form awesome and unique geometrical patterns. These patterns are the focus of an area of study called Cymatics, and are often referred to as Sacred Geometries and Chladni Patterns.

FOR DEVELOPERS

We are developing open source SW libraries to help you design real-time audio affects for Android OS.

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The particle movement is random, so every run of Penelope is unique. The particle movement is based on probabilities so reproducing the similar formations is possible. We are taking this a step further and filtering sound based on the particle formations. This filtering process is an evolution for audio effects. What do I mean? Let me take a moment of your time to walk you through the birth of this idea. It will be worth it.

In the Beginning

While working at the Musicians Friend call center. People would call in and ask about tube amps. I couldn't figure out why people would spend thousand of dollars on outdated tube amps when for a few hundred dollars you could buy a solid state amp which had audio effect to model almost any amp ever built. 

I wrote it off as people trying to relive the past, get back to that vintage sound, bring back the sixties man!

But too many people were following the old path, ranting and raving about the old ways. Finally, after being convinced by enough people my curiosity was peaked. I bought my first tube amp, a cheap Pignose 30V, featuring 3-12ax7s and 2-6L6s. 

I did find something different about the tube amp. It wasn't in the sound necessarily, but in the response. You could play soft and dive into rich crystal clear tube tones, or play hard and melt in creamy overdrive atop mountains of harmonic distortion, and everything in-between, at your finger tips. It is magical!

Coming from all tube amps digital effects pedals sound lifeless. Yes you can get the same sounds, but digital effects are either overdrive or clean, just a filter on top of the sound. You can use footswitches to switch between overdrive and clean, but you miss so much subtly in-between and around.

So it was a mystery to me why tube amps sound so much better. So I went off to school to learn why. Earned a BSEE from the University of Utah where I took the last class on tubes taught by an 80+ year old professor, Mr. Glover, who has since passed away. Trust me I can calculate the harmonic reflections of a microwave tube using Bessel functions, but that is not what we are doing here.

More recently I've become interested in Cymatics, the study of how sound affects matter. It is quite amazing how sound can manifest in chladni patterns, or sacred geometries, under the right conditions.

Chladni Patterns (pronounced Klad Knee Patterns, who knew?)
Chladni Patterns (pronounced Klad Knee Patterns, who knew?)

 Tube amps have a feel to them like they need to be warmed up. This warmth feels hauntingly similar to the chladni patterns observed by tonoscopes and voiceboxes. Maybe filtering the sound through sacred geometries could create an effect similar to tube amps?

It might sound silly to recreate a more tube effect, but keep in mind almost all audio effects, {compression, gain, reverb}, are done to recreate what is naturally created within tubes.

Penelope is an evolution for audio effects. Finally digital effects surpass their analog counterparts. How it works is open and free for everyone. Plus it incorporates a new, if not old and mystical, way to visualize music and understand the multiverse.

Why Android?

The reality today is practice amps are being used less and less. It is simpler, easier, and more convenient to plug into a mobile device. Android is open source. There are more mobile devices in use today than desktop computers.

How it works?

Penelope's visualization is based on a Cymatic Tonoscope or Voicebox. Sound coming in the microphone resonates a simulated plate. Particles on the plate move away from anti-nodes and come to rest on nodes and nodal lines.

Penelope's visualization needs more work. Currently Penelope only resonates in four modes {1,2,4,8} (four octaves). The size of the plate scales depending on the input note. Which helps push the particles to the center and keeps the plate resonating no matter the fundamental frequency of the input audio.

What We need to do to complete this project

  • package the real-time audio portion of the app in a reusable library (open source).
  • package the tonoscope (visualization) portion of the app in a reusable library (open source).
  • link the audio with the visualization to create amazing responsive audio effects
  • add more modes of resonation to the plates (visualization)
  • fix some bugs in calculating the fundamental frequency of the input audio
  • work on improving the real-time latency in the system by offloading processing to the audio codec. 

Depending on how successful this run is, and how the backers feel, we will knock out deliverables down the line and create some awesome open source libraries.

At the bare minimal $20k, which is a heck of a lot a money, will be used to package the real-time audio portion of the app in a reusable library within 3 months. 

How the money will help the project?

The money will go toward starting a business. Getting a license, office space, minimal business expenses. $20k is the min needed to support the project for three months.

With just a-little-bit of primer in the pan, we take off like a bullet.

Once the Open Source libraries are complete the visuallization can be used for other things like, Penelope Media Player, Penelope Live Wall Paper, Penelope Media Recorder, or whatever you want.

Thanks for your time, consideration, and generosity,

Joe

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    Thanks for the support, I'll send you a link to that free app. You'll be able to try all the special effects a few times for free. Because you rock!

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    FOR BLOGGERS, Please mention this project in you blog. Or do a write up of Penelope and we will add a link to your blog on our website, http://penny.hpp.io, and a link to your blog from the credits within our mobile app. Thank you for your support.

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    Become Beta! The packaged app features special audio effects for in app purchase. You will be bumped up to "Ad Infinitum" or Premium which will enable you to use all future effects without limit.

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    COFFEE MUG. The Penelope coffee mug. It will have a custom design. I drink a lot of coffee so quality in a nice mug is important. Plus they are a little expensive to ship. For more than one mug just add $10/mug.

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    Singed APK of Penelope sent to your inbox. Full Blown "Ad Infinitum" for you are your friends.
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    TShirt, to prove you heard of it first. These are nice black TShirts with a screen shot from Penelope graphic on the front, and HPP.IO on the back. These are made from a Tri-blend of materials for a nice soft long lasting fabric. Or 100% organic cotton if you prefer. For more shirts just add $30/shirt.

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    Limited edition Penelope Color control. Penelope uses purple and green dots on a black background. A pledge of this amount grants you download of a special Penelope build which will allow you more control to the number, color, and phase of dots.

    We plan to collect data from these customers and use it for profile presets for Penelope on future releases. Penelope 2.Oh if you will.

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    Built Tonoscope ship to you. This is a larger piece of equipment slightly different than a normal Tonoscope. It has twelve clear membranes, one for each note in the octave and uses different colored glass beads so that light shining up through the tonoscope will project chladni patterns on the ceiling, or a wall via an optional mirror. Includes a speaker but no camera.

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