Buddha Orchestra (release
This app creates music based
on shapes in a given image.
With Buddha Orchestra, you can use
pictures to create music. It generates music pieces
which you can play via MIDI and/or OSC.
Based on images, the software
generates melodies and allows a performer to play
them using different instruments. It is not just a
format converter which always produces the same
result. It is designed to be an instrument for a
performing artist. At the same time, it is an
orchestra as it has many instruments. The performing
artist acts as a conductor.
Technically, the melodies are sent
to MIDI devices and/or OSC-capable software like
SuperCollider. In addition, the shapes can be
transformed to control voltage (CV) for analogue
The application allows performance
in collaborative mode. The same image is 'played' on
multiple computers. Commands of each performer are
distributed to peers. In addition, the release of
July 2013 includes a control application called BOC.
It doesn't generate MIDI and music OSC. It sends
commands to control the main BO application
remotely. Thus user interface controls don't appear
on the main screen which is important for live