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This demonstration works only with Netscape
Mixing your own music requires the Koan Plugin for Netscape > 3.0.
There is also an ActiveX plugin for Internet Explorer, which I
have not tried. Make sure to get the version 4 MIKE plugin.
Instructions: drag the mouse over one of the three heads
for a temporary mix. Click on a head once to start a voice and a second time
to stop the voice. NOTE: Make sure to have the entire picture visible
in your browser; otherwise, you will not see the text tags when you pass
your mouse over the heads.
How does this work?
the browser and a
plugin, which may be written in a variety of
programming languages such as C or C++. SSEYO created a plugin (called
MIKE V4 Koan LiveConnect Plugin for Netscape > 3.0)
interface to this plugin. This means, effectively, that you can interweave
HTML-based multimedia with their plugin, which serves as a music "engine"
for Generative Music. Pictures and videos, along with other hypermedia
content, can now be mapped to music. The music, itself, is created using
one of SSEYO's content-creation programs such as Koan X or Koan Pro. The
above piece was made from Koan Pro Version 2.0 but Koan X would also be
The steps in creating a musical piece such as the one above consists of
Your best bet is to save a copy of this file from your browser using
"FILE--SAVE AS" and then substitute your own image and Koan file.
- Create a Koan File (such as an .skd or .skt file). I created a piece
with 8 voices. The first three are assigned to the background sound that
you hear when no head is playing. The first head plays a bell: voice 4.
The second head plays voices 5 and 6 (Drums), while the third head plays
voices 7 and 8 (flute with ambience). Heads are numbered 1 to 3 from left
to right. Other Koan music and streaming digital RealAudio can be
heard in my computer
- Create a digital image. It can be a scanned picture or computer-generated.
The above image is one that I created using a variety of tools:
Bryce 2, Poser, and Corel PhotoPaint for touchups. Other artworks that
I have produced can be found in my computer art page.
- Create an image map so that when the user passes over a specific area
of the image, or clicks the mouse in that area, an event occurs. I used
for this purpose. It allows an interactive, draw-like approach
to segmenting an image into the right sized and shaped areas. It will
output HTML which you will then have to insert into your larger HTML file.
- What larger HTML file? Well, you need to set up the HTML file so that
it properly communicates with the Koan engine (plugin). To do this, I
suggest just copying the source of this web page (View Page Source) and
putting in your own image and "AREA" commands created from LiveImage.
- At SSEYO, they have a complete online reference guide for all of the
is Volume, so I have only scratched the surface.