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h1. Collidoscope
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Collidoscope is an interactive, collaborative *sound installation* and *musical instrument* (granular synthesizer) that allows participants to seamlessly record, manipulate, explore and perform real-world sounds. 
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It is designed for both *amateurs and professional musicians*.
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Collidoscope builds on on the *research* conducted at the "Center for Digital Music at Queen Mary University of London":http://c4dm.eecs.qmul.ac.uk in real-time sound processing and synthesis, hardware design, physical computing, UI design, designing for interaction, accessibility and collaboration.
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The *granular synthesis engine* is based on Ross Bencina's paper "Implementing Real-Time Granular Synthesis":http://www.cs.au.dk/~dsound/DigitalAudio.dir/Papers/BencinaAudioAnecdotes310801.pdf, on the "TGrains Unit Generator":http://doc.sccode.org/Classes/TGrains.html of the SuperCollider language and on the "Cross-modal DAW Prototype":https://code.soundsoftware.ac.uk/projects/cmdp developed in the EPSRC funded project Design Patterns for Inclusive Collaboration ("DePIC":http://depic.eecs.qmul.ac.uk)
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Collidoscope was funded by the EPCRC Centre for Digital Music (C4DM) Platform Grant (EP/K009559/1), the EPSRC Design Patterns for Inclusive Collaboration (DePIC) grant (EP/J017205/1), and b00t Consultants Ltd ("b00t":http://www.lllb00tlll.com).
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This repository contains all you need to build your own Collidoscope unit.
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The "Downloads section":https://code.soundsoftware.ac.uk/projects/opencollidoscope/files contains:
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* The software binary you need to run Collidoscope, released under GPL license;
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* An introduction guide to get you started with Collidoscope and to get an overview of its inner architecture;
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* A guide on how to install the software or compile it yourself if you’d like to;
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* A reference document on the MIDI messages used by the Collidoscope software;
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* The 3D CAD files to build your own physical unit.
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The "Software Repository":https://code.soundsoftware.ac.uk/projects/opencollidoscope/repository contains:
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* The CollidoscopeApp source code, that runs the graphics and the audio engine. Released under the _GPL version 3_ license;
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* The CollidoscopeTeensy source code, namely the software running on the Teensy microcontroller that turns the sensor data into MIDI messages for the CollidoscopeApp. Also released under the _GPL version 3_;
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* The Printed Circuit Board that we used with the Teensy microcontroller to make it easier to plug/unplug the sensors to it. 
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This is released under the _Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0_.