This project's funding goal was not reached on April 14, 2013.
About this project
I do design, I make music, and I also have a professional background in IT and robotics. These various skills have combined to produce the project I am presenting here now. I previously resided in Japan and one day, while residing in Tokyo, I decided to make something I had been dreaming of. So I designed and built the first SPACEBASS prototype!
Now I'm introducing the first production model:
Connect the SPACEBASS:01 to a computer to start making music and art in a spectacular new way! The SPACEBASS:01 is an advanced digital instrument in a performance oriented format. Using a SPACEBASS:01, a modern digital artist can finally perform like a 21st century rock star. Okay, maybe more like a 31st century rock star. The point is, that by using a SPACEBASS:01, an artist can enjoy performing and relating to the audience, free from the limitations of a stationary tabletop control surface.
The SPACEBASS:01 is a digital performance controller (MIDI and OSC) that can do AMAZING things with music, art, and other electronics. The SPACEBASS:01 can interface with any software that is fully compatible with MIDI on a computer with USB. By using the SPACEBASS:01 to control music software, such as Ableton Live, a modern musician can enjoy making and performing digital music in a fun and dynamic way. Thanks to the SPACEBASS:01, an electronic musician isn’t limited by a stationary MIDI controller anymore. The SPACEBASS:01 can also be used for DJ’ing, by using MIDI capable DJ software. Using a SPACEBASS:01, a DJ can step out of the DJ booth and have more fun on stage in front of an audience. The SPACEBASS:01 could be the coolest digital controller available for an electronic musician to perform with on stage today!
The SPACEBASS:01 is also a wonderful tool for a visual artist or VJ. The SPACEBASS:01 can be used to control various art and VJ software, such as garageCUBE Modul8 and Quartz Composer. Using a SPACEBASS:01, a multimedia artist can control a synchronized combination of music performance and visual animation simultaneously. The SPACEBASS:01 is designed primarily for digital music and art performance. The SPACEBASS:01 is not trying to be a digital emulation of a traditional guitar (professional guitarists don't seem to use those so often), nor is it yet another guitar training gadget. The SPACEBASS:01 enables a digital artist to perform on stage in a more traditional superstar way.
The SPACEBASS:01 features a modular layout with multiple modular spaces called spaceports. An iPhone, an iPod Touch, or an Android phone can connect to the spaceport at the center of the SPACEBASS:01 to provide wireless touchscreen control of music and art software. A variety of multi-touch applications, such as TouchOSC or Lemur, can be used to send OSC or MIDI data to a remote computer. Another spaceport is located above the touchscreen port on the SPACEBASS:01. Various MIDI controller modules can be interchangeably connected to that spaceport to provide a variety of MIDI control options. One MIDI module for that spaceport will be included with the SPACEBASS:01 rewards. The neck of SPACEBASS:01 features dozens of MIDI launch buttons. There are more than enough controls on the SPACEBASS:01 for any skilled digital artist to use for a performance today.
Additionally, by using the SPACEBASS:01 with 3rd party platforms, such as the Arduino or a Make Controller, the SPACEBASS:01 can be extended to control just about anything electronic. Yes, with the right 3rd party tools, the SPACEBASS:01 could be used to control appliances in a household kitchen, or a Formula 1 race car, or a giant Japanese robot. Yet that’s a project I should save for another day.I designed the original SPACEBASS:01 because I wanted a new instrument that would feel dynamic and spontaneous to play. I wanted a digital instrument that I could actually wear on stage, so I could move around and enjoy performing. Most digital instruments on the market today are stationary and are only practical to use while standing or sitting in one place. I wanted to make something much more fun for the performer and audience. I also wanted the instrument to be visually stylish enough that I would actually want to use it on stage. Any person who has used a "keytar" will likely understand why I felt it was necessary to design something more practical for stage performance.
SPACEBASS:01 Design Background:
I designed the original SPACEBASS:01 because I wanted a new instrument that would feel dynamic and spontaneous to play. I wanted a digital instrument that I could actually wear on stage, so I could move around and enjoy performing. Most digital instruments on the market today are stationary and are only practical to use while standing or sitting in one place. I wanted to make something much more fun for the performer and audience. I also wanted the instrument to be visually stylish enough that I would actually want to use it on stage. Any person who has used a "keytar" will likely understand why I felt it was necessary to design something more practical for stage performance. The design of the SPACEBASS:01 may partially be inspired by Zen temples, space robots, the pop culture of Shibuya, and the natural beauty of Kyoto. Looking at the SPACEBASS:01 design today, I can see how I was inspired by the beauty of Japan. I can see the body of natural bamboo, and the bright Japanese cherry blossoms known as "Sakura" in the controller's lighted button arrays, in harmony together with the added elegance of a touchscreen interface to make a futuristic instrument suitable for a giant space robot to use.
SPACEBASS:01 Instrument Overview:
The SPACEBASS:01is an ultra-modern modular MIDI controller optimized for stage performance. The SPACEBASS:01 can be used to control a variety of music and art software, such as Ableton Live and garageCUBE Modul8. The main body of the SPACEBASS:01 connects to a computer via USB. The neck on the main body of the SPACEBASS:01 features a grid of buttons that can send MIDI messages to control music and art software on a computer.
The SPACEBASS:01 also features modular spaces called "SPACEPORTS". SPACEPORTS are basically modular docking bays to connect more equipment to the SPACEBASS:01. An iPhone, iPod Touch, or Android phone can dock at the center touchscreen SPACEPORT to provide touchscreen WIFI control of music and art software on a remote computer using a variety of 3rd party touchscreen software, such as TouchOSC or TouchDAW. There is another SPACEPORT above the touchscreen to dock a variety of 3rd party MIDI controller modules, such as the relatively popular Korg and AKAI products. Another SPACEPORT for another MIDI controller module is possible below the touchscreen SPACEPORT, and may be implemented if enough people placing pledges for SPACEBASS:01 units on Kickstarter request it. There will be USB ports to connect the MIDI modules directly to the SPACEBASS:01, so the main body of the SPACEBASS:01 and any docked MIDI module(s) can connect to the computer using only one USB cord. I am also considering a way to make the production model of the SPACEBASS:01 more portable to be easier to carry on a plane. The neck of the production model SPACEBASS:01 will likely have self-contained electronics so that the wooden body can be separated to make the SPACEBASS:01 much easier to travel with. The final design partially depends on the level of Kickstarter funding.
SPACEBASS:01 Production Model Features:
40-64 buttons on the neck of the SPACEBASS:01 send MIDI messages via USB. (Total number will be influenced by the amount of Kickstarter SPACEBASS:01 pledges. 64 buttons planned if people pledge for 50 or more SPACEBASS:01 units on Kickstarter!:)
Atmega micro-controller, so people familiar with the Atmega platform can do more fun things. 1-2 Modular MIDI Module SPACEPORTS (2 if enough people pledging for the SPACEBASS:01 units make a request)
1 touchscreen SPACEPORT to dock an iPhone, iPod Touch, or Android phone.
1-2 USB ports for connecting MIDI modules.
1 USB port to connect SPACEBASS:01 to a computer.
I would honestly love for there to be enough funding to produce the SPACEBASS:01 using organic bamboo, only metals recycled in environmentally friendly ways, compostable PLA plastics made from non-GMO corn or cane sugar, compostable conductive bio-plastic circuit boards, organic photo-luminescent LED lighting, and so on. That's a vision of the future and far beyond the $20,000 funding goal listed on this Kickstarter project. Those standards are far above the production standards of luxury brands such as Lamborghini or Ferrari, so understand I want to make a wonderful and quality product that is ecologically kind. Hopefully the SPACEBASS:01 and other electronic products I produce can be completely organic someday relatively soon. Yes, I'm primarily optimistic.
An Opportunity To Invest In This Project:
Here is the reason why I made this presentation. I designed and built the first SPACEBASS because I wanted one. I hadn’t originally planned to produce the SPACEBASS as a commercial product. However, people that saw the SPACEBASS prototype were usually so amazed by it, and suggested that I should make more. The crowdfunding revolution has shown Me that it’s now truly possible. So now the SPACEBASS:01 has officially launched.
I'm searching for humans that are advanced enough for a SPACEBASS:01. Eligible humans should place a pledge for an amazing SPACEBASS:01 today! Thanks in advance for showing support for this project!:)
Risks and challenges
I do design, I make music, and I also have a professional background in IT and robotics. These various skills have combined to produce the project I am presenting here now.
I have resided in Japan (design), China (manufacturing), and Taiwan (ensuring better quality from Chinese factories). I have already contacted factory representatives in China. I have already found an electronics manufacturing liaison in China that I feel is reliable and after the project is successfully funded I will likely fly to China personally.
I prefer to use renewable materials, such as Bamboo and possibly PLA bio-plastic for as much of the SPACEBASS production as I reasonably can.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Because there is usually a lot of BASS in good electronic music, yet little guitar. And good sine-wave BASS is awesome....and SPACEBASS honestly sounds way cooler than "SPACEGUITAR".
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