Hi! I’m Guilherme Martins, I‘ve been always fascinated by tech, but being an artsy guy, I had my first jobs in graphic work and later in webdesign, this was back in 2000. After a couple of years, I specialized in video scenarios for big screens that were displayed in operas, theatre performances and music bands. I even developed my own Video Manager entitled EinsteinVideoPlayer, and it has its own repository on Artica’s github.
Later I discovered arduinos and I started to create my own circuit boards for my robotic experiments.
Robotics started as a simple hobby but with time it started to get more serious with time.
After a couple of years, I was lecturing Creative Robotics workshops and demos for kids, teenagers, teachers and parents.
I co-funded Artica Creative Computing with my friend André Almeida back in 2011. Today we count dozens of interactive installations for many different contexts: Advertising Campaigns, Museums and Exhibitions, Street Interventions and Art Festivals. You might want to check our more significant work at Artica.cc
It was about a year ago that I started to develop a MIDI sequencer just for fun, for my sonic experiments. It scaled, from 8 steps, went to 16, until reached 64 steps. From one single MIDI channel, scaled to 8 channels, and I am aiming to be able to control 16 independent channels.
Through this process, there were several iterations, and I had to rebuild the hardware sequencer every time, which became a struggle.
I had the idea of building a modular system, that allowed me to display a physical interface the way I want, with flexibility and without compromising.
So I learnt to design PCB’s, to order PCB’s from China, to fix errors in PCB’s, this was (and still is) a whole new fantastic world for me. Instead of chaotic soldering and wire patching mess, I have now clean and simple printed circuit boards.
After a year of development, Artica Instruments is born, it is the result of years of research and development building custom physical interfaces for physical computing.
Feel free to drop me a line at: guilhermemanuel77 gmail com