Interactive visuals workshop with Milkymist One and Arduino

The Milkymist One is an open hardware live video synthesizer. Connect a camera and a videoprojector, press the power button, and seconds later, everything you film becomes live psychedelic effects of color and light. Point the camera at a dancer on stage, at people attending your party, at toys, use UV-glow paint… there are no limits to creativity! If no camera setup is available, the Milkymist One can produce purely generative effects which react to the ambient sound, making it an ideal option for music bands, clubs and party organizers who want a turnkey solution for simple visual effects. VJ’s will appreciate the possibility to design new visual effects using the Flickernoise Patching (FNP) language, which allows you to create unique and personal shows without requiring extensive experience with computer programming. And if you do program computers, you will certainly like the fact that the complete Milkymist One design is open source.

Arduino is an open source electronics prototyping platform based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software. It’s intended for artists, designers, hobbyists, and anyone interested in creating interactive objects or environments. It became very popular and people have developed an immense variety of sensory interfaces for the Arduino in the form of “shields”, along with software making them easy to use.

Join us in Berlin to enjoy the best of these two worlds. Bring your Arduino (and its shields), laptop (for programming the Arduino) and Milkymist One video synthesizer, and we will teach you how you can make the Milkymist One and the Arduino talk together to create interactive video installations. If you do not have those items, there will be a limited quantity available for lending at the workshop.

Some ideas of sensor shields to bring? Accelerometers, capacitive input sensors, potentiometers, joysticks, pressure sensors, Arduinome, and more! We could also help you assemble your own shield out of junk electronics (bring some!) at the workshop, if you want.
This workshop is kindly hosted by Betahaus/Planet Modulor, as part of the People in Beta festival lasting the whole day. You are invited to take a look around.

Sébastien Bourdeauducq is an inventor passionate about science, electronics and open source. After working for several small companies – which included developing the Wi-Fi driver infrastructure for the Nabaztag/tag – he founded Milkymist in the summer of 2007. The project combined his interest for the world of music with the desire to learn about and open up system-on-chip design, and it has now grown into a full-fledged open source project and commercial venture. Since 2011, he is also providing electronics engineering services for the CERN’s open hardware repository. Sébastien holds an engineering degree from Supélec and a MSc in SoC design from KTH. His hobbies include traveling, urbex and hackerspaces.

Fabienne “fbz” Serriere is a hardware person who likes spreading open hardware through hands-on workshops. She has worked on realtime low latency controllers for artists and musicians, massively multichannel audio, hardware reverse engineering, and open source hardware. In the past she has worked on writing hardware how-to’s for popular online publications. She organizes a yearly hands-on event for hardware called hardhack ( She documents her work on her personal blog (

Date: October 1st, 2011
Time: 14:00
Price: free, just drop in
Duration: 4 hours (but feel free to come and go)
Location: Planet Modulor (very close to Betahaus), Prinzenstr. 85, 10969 Berlin
U-Bahn: Moritzplatz

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