Bemix is a complete music system designed to make music a community experience on Slugfest. This vision has been realized by installing speakers in public locations that can be controlled though a uniform interface on site or a single web interface.
Bemix version 3.0 (the current version) has five touch switches embedded in the wall of each bathroom, arranged in a + configuration. The user may start and stop the music, increase and decrease the volume, and navigate through a playlist using the touch switches. Using a web interface, one may assemble playlists that can be played on any of the Bemix speakers as well as control all the players.
Bemix 3.0 hardware and software is made to be easily modified, expanded, and adapted to other projects. The 4E Network was developed as part of Bemix but is applicable to any project requiring a connection to a computer or another project. The bemix software can handle input from any user interface with only a small amount of work.
How to Use Bemix
Bemix is currently installed in the Bemis, Shallow Walcott, and Shallow Goodale bathrooms and the Walcott Lounge. The music in either of these locations can be fully controlled over a web interface and partially controlled from the bathrooms.
Go to bemix.mit.edu. Log on with the usual username and password. You should see a list of all available players. From here you can select playlists, start/stop the music, change the volume, etc.
To create or remove songs from a playlist, click "lists" on the left. To add songs to an existing playlist, click "library."
Each bathroom has five touch switches arranged in a + pattern.The funtions are
Lay your entire hand flat over the touch switch. They are not sensitive enough to detect you finger.
Currently, you can only load playlists from the computer.
- upgrade speakers in Bemis bathroom
- permanent housing for electronics
- replace ceiling tile with grate
- Walker Chan - Bemix hardware
- Rob Crowell - Bemix software
- David Harvison - system administration
- Emily King - Bemis bathroom mural
- Andrew Westerdale - assistant
If you are interested in contributing, please contact crowell or wrchan. For technical assistance or help with bemix, try the developers list bemixdev.
Bemix version 1.0 was created in Spring 2005. It was designed to play music in the Bemis bathroom through speakers located above the drop ceiling. Users would select music through Glirnath, a web interface.
Later, a touch switch was added to provide on/off control from the bathroom. The touch-switch was hidden in a towel rack in the Bemis bathroom. When someone touched the towel rack and the faucet at the same time, the op-amp senses the change in voltage, compares it to a referece voltage, and amplifies it. This signal is sent to a flip flop which toggles power to the speakers.
The success of Bemix led slugs to plan its expansion into other bathrooms. But, the v1.0 hardware and software had much room for technical improvement. The touch switch was finiky and there was no way to override the touch switch from the computer.
Bemix version 2.0 was planned but not implemented (by the time the cable trays were up, version 3 was nearly completed). It would have simply built on v1.0, expanding it to the three central bathrooms and making it more robust.
Version 3.0 is a complete redesign of version 2. It will be PIC based and will communicate with the computer over the 4E Network. This will allow a virtually unlimited number of commands to be exchanged between the bathrooms and server. The user interface in the bathroom consists of five touch switches in a + configuration.
All low voltage wiring Bemix must be run in a cable trays, because messy wires start fires. Our cable trays are from Reuse and currently being installed.