Friday, 29 August 2014

Finished TouchStrip instrument!

Happy with the end result, very playable and fun! Check out the video:

Also successfully got the xylophone to  make noises today, lots more work required for a finished instrument though!

Thursday, 28 August 2014


For my third and most likely final instrument of the project, I've been building a xylophone using piezo transducers for trigger detection. You may notice some plastic bongos in the back of this picture - I've been attempting to get Nintendo's 'DK bongos' to behave with an arduino but I've not had much luck yet.

The main circuit is pretty much wired up now - each of the 12 keys on the xylophone has a piezo transducer wired to an analog pin on an arduino mega. This allows for you to trigger notes of varying volume.

I also plan to use an ultrasonic sensor to alter the sound of the notes. I've tested this out on a breadboard earlier in this project as can be seen in this video:

It's worth mentioning that the 'bass' instrument is now complete as well as the pianocade I'll film a video soon.

Monday, 11 August 2014

Finished Pianocade!

Here it is, my finished 'Pianocade' with a video demo of how to play it!

Here's a few more details:

  • Arcade buttons - one octave of notes in standard piano tuning
  • Joystick Up/Down - up or down an octave
  • Joystick Left/Right - change speed of arpeggio 
  • Slider - Select sound from 8 different wave shapes

Very proud of the end result, I feel its really fun and easy to play, a good thing to mess around on! Looking forward to seeing people try it out.

Next up, finishing the assembly of the bass instrument, and testing playing the two together.

Tuesday, 5 August 2014


Laser cut the body for the keyboard instrument today. Sadly it cut at a 5% bigger scale than I designed but I should be able to still get things to fit in okay.

The arcade buttons are just big enough to not fall through! Time to wire them up.

I'm also setting up this nice joystick in a hole on the left of the arcade buttons!

Friday, 1 August 2014

Laser Cutting

Laser cut the body for the first instrument this afternoon!

Popped the parts inside the body to give you an idea of what it'll look like once it has been assembled.

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Parts have arrived!

Joysticks, switches and a tonne of arcade buttons, its time to get building!

Monday, 21 July 2014

Scott's Sweet Launcher

My friend Scott has just started work on his project in the lab with me, a pneumatically driven targeting sweet launcher! Check out his blog here: The Sweet Launcher

He's been a great help with stuff on my project and he's an absolute boss at electronics so I'm sure he's going to be doing some really impressive stuff.

We're both working as part of the Blake Bursary Project - where we work on the project of our choice as a demo for open days and workshops to give an insight into Electrical and Electronic engineering and the cool things we can make with it.