Arduino project, bartending and Sylvan Esso

Hello people,
As per usual, lots to talk about but I’m just popping by for a quick update!

This semester has been crazy stressful and I haven’t had much time to even breathe. Between working as a bartender, (pretty much a life dream) hammering out assignments of varied nature and maintaining some sort of social life, I’m pretty beat. But it ain’t over yet. I’m super nervous about our webGL assignment, because I have no idea what I’m doing. I’m sitting in class just pretending I’m a programmer/coder and so far the charade isn’t holding up. We’ll see where I end up.

Recently we completed this electronics assignment where we thought up a mechanical concept (utilizing the Arduino), prototyped it, wired it and laser cut a container to create an end product. We called it the Drunken Noise Box. Such a fun project, and it’s a great step away from coding in a digital space. I’ll post the shaky-ass Vimeo at the end of the post

As for bar-tending, I’m having the time of my life. I somehow got the bartending position at my school pub and I am so stoked to be apart of such a stellar group of people and killer environment. I’ve already meet so many new friends and it’s quickly become the second half of my life. I even bar tended during a USS show, which again, pretty much a life goal checked off the list.

I started this drink recipe collection on scrap paper and a friend suggested to just use a notebook, so I’ll be making like a drinks recipe and reference book, thing. If we ever create our own random drink that’s rad maybe I’ll post it on here or something. Also had the idea of making a digital app and a infographic where people could select a drink to order based on mood and current tastes. Still an idea in progress but it might be cool if people dug it.

Okay, I think that’s it for now, but below I’ll have a new song to check out and my Vimeo of The Drunken Noise Box.



The Useless Machine – Drunken Noise Box from Jordan Morrison on Vimeo.


Processing 1.5.1 Fun – Revolution

John Lennon

John Lennon Typography – Using Processing 1.5.1


John Lennon – Original Image

Here’s a typographic portrait of John Lennon done using Processing version 1.5.1 and all the lyrics from the song Revolution. The code I was using was about 5 years old and wouldn’t run properly on the newest version so I had to downgrade and change a few things around to getting it working – such as the P2D renderer not registering so I had to switch to JAVA2D in a few cases but I’ll post the code below so you can see what I was working with. Most of it is pulled right from the reference, but I see this as a learning experience for me.

I wish I could say that I wrote all of this code but I’ve been playing around with this all day and I at least understand it a bit more and am going to keep working with it to get some more personalized results later on.

Here are the links to the references I used and also a link to a Processing text book with a few basic typographic Processing tutorials.



Reference 1.

Reference 2.

PDF Type + Code Textbook.



IXD – Future UI Design Process


This is the design I created for my Future User Interface video I posted earlier. The basic idea of the interface was to be able to scan plants for nutritional content and actions of the like. The design was keeping it neutral to help blend into the greenhouse where we shot the short clip, future advertisement thing.

I started with the design of this interface and then build the video around this concept. I originally had a few spinning objects created in After Effects for my actor to interact with but I felt it was getting too convoluted and the cut we made represented the interface how I planned initially anyway. We shot the clip in a greenhouse in Toronto and the lighting turned out far better than was planned, but I started messing around with a more dramatic overlay that almost killed it.

I’m happy with how it turned out for my first After Effects trial, but would love to work on more polished works in the near future.



tuesday. jan 14. 2o14

chvrches. the bones of what you believe

it’s about 10:00a.m. on tuesday and I just finished my first philosophy of world religion class, I’m listening to neutral milk hotel’s random back catelog in preperation for the concert on the 19th, andd I have decided to stop using proper puncuation for this post. no capitals, in the right places. stop me if this gets annoying. i think i’m already annoyed… i have a lot to talk about so i’ll try and make it quick.  also to note a music recommendation/warning(?) at the end.

first to note; i am back in class and i’m havin’ a blast. my assignments include the following: developing an application (probably mobile) for a toronto music festival, creating a concept for a science-fiction user interface, creating a unuseless object that is more inconvenient then useful AND learning about jainism, buddhism and others.  initiate jealously.

in my philosophy class i think i’m the designated buddhism enthusiast, seeing as how i was the only one hyped about buddhism topics. i might have to crack open my buddhist books. but our prof is so wicked. in one class he referenced rage against the machine, explained he was one of the few jainist experts in north america, AND talked about his archaeological trip to the middle east to prove parts of the bible. beyond hyped and totally inspired. it almost makes the 8:00a.m. time worth it. almost.

in music related news, i saw Tokyo Police Club last friday and am seeing July Talk this Friday and as i mentioned before NEUTRAL MILK HOTEL on sunday. so far, my concert attendance this year is very acceptable. unluckily some other friends bought tickets for the NMH show for the following day. so as it stands so far i’ll be alone, which i am totally okay with, just kinda funny it worked out that way.

TANGENT:one topic i wanted to bring up was the idea of music videos.  recently i started to think about delving into electronica music to get a broader scope of what music can be, and i’ve started watching a few videos to get the visual aspect as well.  in my college program we use digital mediums to create works and art and other various projects, and some of that closely resembles concepts explored in electronica culture. so i wanted to bridge the gap and start maybe developing interactive art pieces using code (program called processing, open-source, in case you were wondering) directly inspired by electronica music. i mean, that’s why i’m in this college program, to explore new frontiers in art mediums… i’ve been watching a lot of battlestar galactica, so my heads kinda up in the air.

and i think that’s all i wanted to say. man i can talk a lot. makes me wondering if anyone ever, ever gets this far into my posts. and the answer is most likely not. so i can say anything i want. anything at all…your mother is a hamster and your father smells of elderberries…

so with inspiration from my new interest here is some different music than what i’m used to.  band is called Chvrches, and they’re from scotland. i know, i know, it’s not true electronica.  but chill out, i’m easing into it. i had one of my friends who is really into electronica give me some recomendations, so i’ll get to those later. i was super tempted to put some Neutral Milk Hotel, or Real Estates new single but i’ve had this song stuck in my head, and it fits with my topic theme. so there.