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A Drancel is the virtual synthesis 3D "atom" of the Drancing accelerometer music system (where "music" means here both real-time sound and light synthesis).

A Drancel is designed to work with ANY triaxial accelerometer (of which the WiiTM Remote is a convenient example, thanks to its leverage of Bluetooth™ wireless technology).

It is the calibrated, conditioned, "homed", virtual Drancel that is considered to synthesise, not the triaxial accelerometer, which is merely a source of (X,Y,Z) acceleration signals that are mapped to synthesis channel triads and (R,G,B) (or other) light components.

A Drancel RGB (drancing light element) is to Drancing synthesis what a "pixel" (picture element) is to a picture.

Imagine hundreds of "Drancers" (Drancing performers), each with 5 Drancel RGB units, each synthesising sound and light, and you get the picture ! Can you hear it ? Can you see it ? That's the Drancing vision !

Drancels can act as independent synthesis units or they can be combined (multiplexed) to create arbitrarily complex syntheses. In this PureData prototype there are, however, only 2 Drancels, for 2 hand-held $Wiimotes$ as wireless accelerometer sources. (The original Drancing accelerometer suit (since 1997) had 5 triaxial accelerometers in a "body star" pattern.)

Currently the PureData synthesis prototype offers the following elementary synthesis units:

  • AM: modulation of the amplitudes of a triad of "fixed-frequency" oscillators,
    which frequencies can be set by the user using the sliders.
  • VFO: variable frequency oscillators: the user can set the scale of frequency driving, a frequency offset, the overall gain of the oscillations, and whether or not the frequencies are discretised to lock-on to MIDI note frequencies (as opposed to arbitrarily fine continjous frequency variation).
  • Drums: simple sample drums (I currently use the free AudioPervert CR-78 drum samples) which will probably be replaced soon with completely synthetic PureData drums.

Some Java versions of Dranceware also exploit the sum and/or average of the 3 acceleration signals; this PureData prototype only offers all 3 $XYZ$ channels independently, with some channel-level controls, and some Drancel-level and global controls across all 3 channels.

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