Archive for the ‘music’ Category

Call for Arduino music at Gwendalyn Festival 2013

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

ArduinoSynth by Collin Mel

 

(Italian version below)

 
Are you a musician, music amateur, electronic bricoleur or maker who makes music by creating your own instruments and tools using Arduino?
 
We are looking for your music tracks to be presented in a radio program entirely dedicated to (DIY) music made with Arduino based synths and instruments.The program is scheduled within the GwenFestival program, an international music and radio festival organized in Chiasso (TI, Switzerland) during April 2013.
 
Gwenfestival is promoted by Radio Gwendalyn, an on-line independent radio located at Chiasso railway station (during the festival, from April 1st to April 30th, Radio Gwendalyn will use a FM frequency to transmit its music program).
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Arduino Mp3 Player – Arduino JukeBox

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

A full Arduino MP3 player using a SD card and a MP3 module based on a chip from VLSI (VS1002d, VS1003 VS1053). The player includes a small amplifier and two speakers, making it a small Jukebox in the age of Ipods. The project includes a small library for the management of the MP3 and the SD chip. A Funny Arduino project ..

via [arduino-guay]

Build your own drum pad

Monday, September 17th, 2012

With the Drum kit – Kit AI by Spikenzielabs you can build an electronic drum kit. The bundle contains all of the electronics, including the piezo sensors for the drum pads. You build the drum pads yourself, and then connect the Drum Kit – Kit AI to your computer to play sounds using your favorite audio software, or use the MIDI-out port to a connected drum synthesizer.

Roberto De Nicolò (aka Rodenic) has realized an useful tutorial video showing what he has called FingerDrum. Roberto has applied a piezo sensor to each finger of a glove, allowing the triggering of individual drum sounds from his midi expander. If you think the glove is unconfortable, check out the FingerPad and turn your mouse pad into a drum pad.

 

 

 

Digital artist Julien Bayle [Interview]

Friday, August 31st, 2012

Julien Bayle is a digital artist and technology developer, and his work is an excellent starting point for anyone interested in the DIY man-machine interfaces.

Back in 2008, Julien created a clone of the Monome, a control surface consisting in a matrix of leds and buttons whose functioning is defined by software.  It was called Bonome and RGB leds were used, instead of  monochromatic leds of the standard model.  Here are the instructions to build it.

Some time later, inspired by the DIY controller used by Monolake, Julien decided to build its own Protodeck to control Ableton Live.

Recently I stumbled upon his post titled “Arduino is the Power” and I discovered that Julien has started writing a book about the Arduino platform. So I thought that regular readers of the Arduino Blog would welcome an interview with this interesting guy. And here it is!

Andrea Reali: Tell us something about you.

Julien Bayle: I’m Julien Bayle from France. I’m a digital artist and technology evangelist. I’m inside computers world since my dad bought us a Commodore 64, around 1982.
I’m working with music softwares since the first sound-trackers and I began to work with visuals too with my Amiga 500, using some first POV-like softwares.
I first began by working as an IT Security Architect by day, then I quit to be only what I am today and especially to be really free to continue my travel inside art & technology.
I’m providing courses & consulting & development around open-source technology like Arduino, java/processing but also & especially with Max6 graphical programming framework which is my speciality. Max6 is really an universe itself and we’d need more than one life to discover all features. As an Ableton Certified Trainer, I’m still teaching that a bit.
All technology always provides tools to achieve art. I guess my path comes from pure technology and goes to pure art.

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Music + Floppy = Moppy

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

Moppy is a musical floppy controller program. By using an Arduino UNO as a translator, you can command an array of floppy drives with a musical keyboard. The head on each floppy drive is controlled by a stepper motor which will put out sounds when driven at the right frequency.

 

 

Here is a link to the Moppy project page.

Enjoy your musical floppy drives!

 

Via:[Hackaday]

 

Minimal Arduino-based wavetable synth

Friday, May 25th, 2012

This instructable shows you how to create a very simple Arduino-based sequencer with nice features:

Multiple synthesizer projects has been done for the Arduino, but few has been able to utilize the full power of the Arduino processor. DZL from GeekPhysical wrote a 4 voice wavetable synthesizer that is one of more advanced software based synths for the Arduino.  It has wavetables included (sine, saw, square and triangle) and envelopes to create beats.

Implementation instructions can be found here, while the Arduino code can be obtained from GitHub.

[Via: Instructables]

“Years”: Playing wood’s year rings

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

“Years” is an artwork created by Bartholomäus Traubeck that translates wood’s year rings into sound. The record player uses a system  that analyse tree’s years for their strength, thickness and rate of growth. This data are mapped to a scale defined by the overall appearance of the wood and serves as basis for a generative process that outputs piano music. The system is composed by arduino, ps eye, stepper motor for moving the tonearm, vvvv and ableton live, all connected via midiyoke and/or serial.

For more information: http://traubeck.com/years/

Arduino-based theremin

Monday, May 21st, 2012

Theremin is one of the most exiting musical instruments ever made, mainly because of its “quite odd” playing method. Infact, its working principle is based on near-filed coupling between the hands of the theremin player and two metal antennas, used to determine the pitch of a variable-frequency oscillator and to adjust the volume of the output signal, respectively.
Several theremin implementation are possible, such as the “original” analog one (based on the mixing of two sine waves originated by a fixed-frequency oscillator and a variable-frequency one) and those based on digital techniques.
LabIII guys implemented a nice and simple Arduino theremin module, based on a TTL LC-type oscillator, usable not only to play electronic music, but also as a generic sensing-device, for example to control motors and/or to work with Processing, Max etc.
The detailed description of the project, together with schematics and source code, can be found here.

 

[Via: elektor.it]

Chess sequencer

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

The musical interfaces can sometimes be extremely curious. That’s the case of  the chess sequencer.

 

 

The Chess Sequencer is a step matrix sequencer made from a chess board, where placing the pieces make music. The sequencer is connected to software synths on my Mac trough USB and a Processing patch to convert the serial data to internal midi.

The core here is an Arduino Mega. I was planing to use the Duemilanove but laziness caught me. The Mega has tons of IOs so I do not have to make a lot of multiplexing saving me hours of work.

Check here the full instructions to build your own!

 

 

Beatbearing using Arduino

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

This is an interesting project for an extreme geek and an amateur music maker. All you have to do, is to follow the tutorial here, and get a complete parts list.

Via[Jameco]