Using the MaKey MaKey invention kit, designers Tom F. and Sam W. built Russ Chimes, a wind-chime synthesizer. MaKey MaKey allows users to turn anything conductive—lemons, bananas, Play-Doh, etc.—into a controller. When a user touches the object, it closes a circuit. The computer recognizes this as a regular keyboard or mouse message and behaves accordingly.
Our designers took a set of everyday wind chimes, wired them to the keyboard’s four directional keys and wrapped the central clapper with tinfoil to complete the circuit. Using Ableton Live and the Native Instruments Massive synthesizer, they synched the device to a huge library of samples triggered by the chimes striking the central clapper. The tempo is quantitized in Ableton, so it’s always hitting a beat according to a set BPM. As the wind picks up, the chimes trigger more random samples and compose a song of unique, haunting sounds.
Every Monday is Makey Makey™ Monday here at Adafruit! The MaKey MaKey – by Jay Silver and Eric Rosenbaum, made by JoyLabz! Ever played Mario on Play-Doh or Piano on Bananas? Alligator clip the Internet to Your World. MaKey MaKey is an invention kit for the 21st century. Find out more details at makeymakey.com or watch the video at makeymakey.com. Turn everyday objects into touchpads and combine them with the internet. It’s a simple Invention Kit for Beginners and Experts doing art, engineering, and everything in between! If you have a cool project you’ve made with your Makey Makey be sure to send it in to be featured here!