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Lightform OSC Interactivity: How To Use Open Sound Control With Lightform

Lightform OSC Interactivity: How To Use Open Sound Control​ With Lightform

Lightform OSC Interactivity

The possibilities of what you can do with your Lightform are infinite when you add interactivity into your projects with Open Sound Control (OSC). Lightform devices can be configured to respond to changes in their environment and be controlled by external devices. The communication protocol that Lightform supports is OSC. In this post, we will explore Lightform OSC interactivity: what OSC is and how it works in conjunction with Lightform.

 

Open Sound Control (OSC)

Open Sound Control is a protocol that was originally developed for communication between synthesizers, musical instruments, and other multimedia devices but has transformed into a popular tool for interactive installations, particularly as an alternative for MIDI. There are many advantages to using OSC such as increased flexibility, interoperability and accuracy.

OSC can be used with Lightform in a number of ways such as to advance slides and trigger other playback controls, and manipulate effects and generators. OSC allows for another device or program to send data to Lightform Creator over a wireless network.

Choosing which OSC program to use depends on what you’re trying to do. The Lightform Guide includes some use cases about interactivity with OSC that might help you find what you’re looking for.

 

How does OSC work with Lightform

Have you noticed Open Sound Control settings on the Control page in Lightform Creator?

Lightform OSC Interactivity: How To Use Open Sound Control​ With Lightform Creator

This is where you can decide how to map your OSC controls and watch your project update in realtime. Before you can make effects reactive through OSC, you have to make sure that Labs is enabled and the effect or generator is Live. This OSC Controls article on the Lightform Guide goes over the configuration and set up in Lightform Creator so you can start using OSC.

 

Lightform OSC Interactivity Examples

Audio Reactive Visuals

Sound2Light is a program that uses your computer’s microphone to analyze incoming sound which you can use to map to your Lightform project to make media that is reactive to sound. This is a video of Lightform user, Taylor Henson, using Sound2Light to project on posters.
Vezer is a timeline-based sequencer that can send OSC commands to Lightform based on the sound input. Similar to Sound2Light, you can load a song into Vezer and have Lightform media synchronize and react to it.
If you want to produce your own music and link it with your Lightform project, Ableton Lite is a great option as it allows you to send OSC commands from what you create. While this is a more advanced workflow than Vezer and Sound2Light, it also provides the most customization. In this below, Lightform and OSC were used to project audio-reactive visuals on the wall of a dance studio by one of our customers.

OSC Controllers

Designed by the game company, Elgato, Stream Deck is a customizable hardware controller that can be used to interact with your Lightform project. By mapping the LCD keys through OSC, you can trigger content on the fly like switch slides and launch effects. The customizable visual design of this controller makes it a fun and easy to use hardware accessory.
Commonly used during interactive installations or live performances, TouchOSC allows you to build touch interfaces on a phone or tablet that lets you send and receive OSC messages that enable you to control your live Lightform project remotely.
For those that prefer command-line tools, sendosc is a good tried and tested option that can be used to control any type of supported OSC property on Lightform Creator. Though the learning curve is higher, the amount of control sendosc gives you is worth the learning.

You can use voice assistant commands on devices like Alexa to control your Lightform device through If This Then That, also known as IFTTT. When you make an account with IFTTT, you can design ways for your devices and apps to communicate with each other. One clever example is when our Product Engineer, Christophe, used his Alexa and Lightform to change the scene and make fireworks appear on framed art hanging in his house.

 

These are only some ways to leverage Lightform OSC interactivity. We are actively trying out new OSC integrations to use with  Lightform devices and adding them to our Guide with more tutorials. If you’re using OSC in your Lightform projects, we invite you to share it with us! Tell us about your project and include a video link in the comments below.

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