October 6, 2014 AT 5:00 am

From the Forums: A musical instrument w/ 6 photoresistors (Illumaphone)

A musical instrument w/ 6 photoresistors (Illumaphone):

Just wanted to post a project I made a while back using six photoresistors + an Arduino. I feel like I keep discovering new uses for them! I call it an Illumaphone. (Here’s the YouTube video.)

Basically, by moving your hands above the cups, you can control volume and vibrato. Each cup is a different note. It’s kind of like a theremin, but with discrete pitches! If anyone is curious, I describe it in more detail in a blog post here.

Lately, I’ve been having a lot of fun combining simple sensors with ChucK, a musical programming language. I highly recommend it for anyone curious about electronic music. 🙂

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