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December 8, 2014 AT 8:00 am

From the Forums: Beautifully Constructed Interactive Cicada Soundboard

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RLSanders shared the build of his interactive cicada soundboard on the Adafruit Forums:

…The project is (mostly) finished. I don’t know if it’s actually “steampunk” but it’s definitely steampunk inspired and I’d like to share it with you now….

The big brass speaker thingy is a “Klaxon” automobile horn from 1910 or 1911.

The buttons are brass doorbells. There are 30 of them. The buttons aren’t labeled but each button plays a sound that corresponds with the cicada in the case above. There are 30 cicadas (six high and five wide). The buttons are laid out the same way but separated by a speaker. If you want to hear the second cicada from the right on the fourth row up from the bottom, go up and over that many buttons….

The silver ornate screen seen through the horn opening is a speaker grill/cover from a 1955 Nash….

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