As others try to again recreate Bach on Moog synths, here’s the non-trivial act of banging about plastic tubes as fast as you can to recreate Bach’s Prelude #1. The group in question is a French ensemble dedicated to music with objects. Their other performances look fascinating, as well. Nor are they alone. There’s New Jersey’s Beats for a Cause, a percussion ensemble that does this stuff for charity.
Now, is the Boomwhacker the most convenient, the most sonorous, the most, uh, subtle of all instruments? Not… entirely. But it’s a reminder of just how many ways there are to make sounds, then form those sounds into music. Our ears and bodies are amazing things.
Eink, E-paper, Think Ink – Collin shares six segments pondering the unusual low-power display technology that somehow still seems a bit sci-fi – http://adafruit.com/thinkink
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 code.org, 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.