Black Lives Matter - Action and Equality. ... Adafruit is open and shipping.

He Blinded me with Synth (and an LED Lab Coat) #WearableWednesday

Tom Borax has created a lab coat that reacts to his analog synthesizer. Just the cool factor on the synth alone warrants a post, but seriously, coupled with the lab coat, this is music madness. He calls the project “Labcoat of Many Colours”, and watching him perform proves the title. He apparently was inspired by more than just music for this project — he’s in love with light and admits to being an LED fiend.

I’ve often used visuals with electronic music performances. Video projections usually get the focus of the audience, even when the music is being performed live right there. Lighting, I’ve found, by contrast, enhances the music experience but doesn’t seem to draw the audience away from the actual performance of music by the musician. Going further, I thought it would be exciting to “break out” the busy lights of the synth to my body, giving the feedback of electronics and body an obvious link (not to mention that I twitch like Joe Cocker when I perform). Also, I thought it would be cool to have my back to the audience like Miles Davis.

Although Tom is an experimental musician and filmmaker, he’s also pretty good with engineering. His synth is a custom arrangement of some boutique eurorack modules with a hand-made power supply.  As for the lab coat, it uses a FLORA micro-controller and individual NeoPixels. We were especially curious how he handled the link from the synth to the jacket.

The inputs are direct from the synth. There are five simple analog circuits on the coat which divide the “hot” synth voltages down to safe levels for the FLORA analogue pins.

If you look closely at the video, you can see the PCBs used for the circuits. In fact, the video is great because it artistically makes the connection between body and technology. It’s exciting when the body becomes part of the art, and we’re looking forward to seeing Tom perform with his coat. Road trip to Maryland, anyone? Well, if you aren’t up for the travel, maybe you can just whip up your own music madness. You can start with our LED Ampli-Tie tutorial. Go music, go 8-bit, go blinky…


Flora breadboard is Every Wednesday is Wearable Wednesday here at Adafruit! We’re bringing you the blinkiest, most fashionable, innovative, and useful wearables from around the web and in our own original projects featuring our wearable Arduino-compatible platform, FLORA. Be sure to post up your wearables projects in the forums or send us a link and you might be featured here on Wearable Wednesday!

We are angry, frustrated, and in pain because of the violence and murder of Black people by the police because of racism. We are in the fight AGAINST RACISM. George Floyd was murdered, his life stolen. The Adafruit teams have specific actions we’ve done, are doing, and will do together as a company and culture. We are asking the Adafruit community to get involved and share what you are doing. The Adafruit teams will not settle for a hash tag, a Tweet, or an icon change. We will work on real change, and that requires real action and real work together. That is what we will do each day, each month, each year – we will hold ourselves accountable and publish our collective efforts, partnerships, activism, donations, openly and publicly. Our blog and social media platforms will be utilized in actionable ways. Join us and the anti-racist efforts working to end police brutality, reform the criminal justice system, and dismantle the many other forms of systemic racism at work in this country, read more @

Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.

Join 20,000+ makers on Adafruit’s Discord channels and be part of the community!

Have an amazing project to share? The Electronics Show and Tell is every Wednesday at 7pm ET! To join, head over to YouTube and check out the show’s live chat – we’ll post the link there.

Join us every Wednesday night at 8pm ET for Ask an Engineer!

Follow Adafruit on Instagram for top secret new products, behinds the scenes and more

CircuitPython – The easiest way to program microcontrollers –

Maker Business — To make it through a tough business cycle, layoffs should be a last resort

Wearables — Microphone protection

Electronics — Sizzlin’ Chip Test

Python for Microcontrollers — Python on Microcontrollers Newsletter: Make: The Rise of Python, CLUE, CircuitPython 6 and more! #Python #Adafruit #CircuitPython @circuitpython @micropython @ThePSF

Adafruit IoT Monthly — BLE Store Capacity Indicator, Aquarium Automation, and more!

Microsoft MakeCode — Virus Destroyer!

EYE on NPI — Maxim’s Himalaya uSLIC Step-Down Power Module #EyeOnNPI @maximintegrated @digikey

New Products – Adafruit Industries – Makers, hackers, artists, designers and engineers! — NewProducts 8/6/2020 Feat. #Adafruit #ST25DV16K I2C #RFID #EEPROM #Breakout – STEMMA QT / Qwiic!

Get the only spam-free daily newsletter about wearables, running a "maker business", electronic tips and more! Subscribe at !

No Comments

No comments yet.

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.