Makey Makey Apple Piano #makeymakey #makeymakeymonday


Here’s a great write up by Pete Prodoehl of a Milwaukee Makerspace project that fellow member “jason” created that he extended and shared on his site RasterWeb:

A few months ago a bunch of us from Milwaukee Makerspace took part in Bay View Gallery Night, and jason set up the “Fruit Synthesizer” which was a Makey Makey with a variety of fruit, and some software combo of Max MSP and GarageBand. People really enjoyed it, and with the most recent Art Jamboree happening with jason out of town, I figured I would pick up the slack.

With a simple base made with two pieces of wood, some dollar store forks, a few nuts, bolts, and bits of wire, we had the Makey Makey Apple Piano.

One of the issues with jason’s Fruit Synthesizer was that you had to touch the fruit. He did provide hand sanitizer, but with it being flu season, have dozens of people touch a piece of fruit seemed like a bad idea, and forks just seemed like the right thing to keep hands clean, and work like xylophone mallets….

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  1. Makey, makey is an interresting concept, but why on earth do you need to teach children to PLAY with food??

  2. Don’t you have dozens of people touching the forks? What’s the difference?

  3. I made the assumption that dozens of people touching stainless steel silverware would somehow be better… also, it was sort of a joke… also, the apples got pretty mushy after a while, and the OCD people in the crowd don’t like to touch food that other people have touched. Next time, I’ll supply gloves for everyone too. 😉

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