Floyd Anthony Nostratis

2024

Hello! I’m Floyd Anthony Nostratis. I am a sophomore at Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory. I live in San Francisco. I graduated from Our Lady of the Visitacion in 2020. My family works in the medical field, with my mothers being nurses and my brother, who has graduated from SF State, working in Psychology. I was grown up in a very musical family, as we are very musically inclined. My mother and brother sing and I am an instrumentalist, singing as well.

I have studied piano for around 5 years, and have taught myself how to play guitar. An avid music listener and creator, I listen to and collect a lot of music on my free time. Outside of school, I make music and sell music, either from used vinyl records or my own. I have friends across the city and in other states who also make music, and we communicate, trade cassettes and CDs when we meet. At school, I love to research and learn about various topics, mostly pertaining to music, science, math, and English. My favorite class at the moment is Chemistry. I am very enthusiastic in learning new topics pertaining to the subject, as it engages my brain with challenging yet intriguing concepts. I am very interested in gear and electronics, and outside of my classes I have worked for the sound crew in the theater for plays, concerts, etc. I am also in many clubs and programs throughout school, mainly for fun but also for meeting new people and engaging myself within the community that is SHC. My main goal is to work at an electronic manufacturing company or to work in the medical field.

This year, my i2 project is a self-playing guitar controlled by servo motors and an Arduino. Pushing the human limit of guitar playing, this project can be useful towards musicians who are in need of a backing band, who would like to record guitar stems but are hindered by physical injury, or who would like to record guitar melodies outside the realms of their own kinesthetic knowledge and capabilities.


MY BLOGS

Self-Playing Guitar Project stage uno...

I have worked on this guitar project for a month at this point. Considering I have never done something like this before, I had to buy everything and learn everything all in the span of a couple months. First time I bought an Arduino, too. Most of the materials I am using are: Arduino Uno […] Read more

I2 PROJECTS

Satisfaction of Sound Synthesis

Originally I wanted to convey the importance of music in science. I thought that I would make a synthesizer but that would be too much and it would be limiting. However, I still implemented the usage of digital software to increase accessibility. One software I found was Max/MSP, a programming software/coding language for music and media. The reason why this matters, mainly to me, is to introduce this gem of a program to the school to implement the research projects I have culminated since elementary into the school.

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Self-Playing Guitar

As a musician I have always been irritated by the extent of my kinesthetic abilities. I play the piano, guitar, bass, and more, however I can only play to the best of my ability. The human limit irritates many musicians when they try to play, or compose. Usually, in my case, I would try to use guitar plugins and record notes on my computer instead of playing them, so as to make it easier. However, it doesn't sound satisfactory for my ears. Using guitar plugins and other instrument plugins can seem like a last effort when attempting to compose music, or utilize as a backing band when you cannot afford one, or do not have the resources to do so. Using this self-playing guitar, I want to create a way to play and record guitar melodies without using downloaded or bought plugins, or playing them myself, pushing past the human limit.

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