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Play the Orchestra #piday #raspberrypi @Raspberry_Pi

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For our team of first year UofT Engineering Science students, this was our first Makeathon and first project as a team. We have varying ranges of experience with software and hardware within our team and decided to approach this competition as both a challenge, and a learning experience.

After a couple hours of brainstorming based on our collective interests, our team arrived on an idea we were all excited about: An interactive orchestra experience to allow players to more easily play together. Jazz ensembles are easily able to improvise together, because they usually play in the same keys. Classical musicians on the other hand, are often not able to predict key changes.

Our design provides a platform for conductors to change the orchestra in real-time according to their vision. By playing chords on a Midi keyboard, they can “play the orchestra” by transposing and transmitting the chords to the members of the orchestra through the use of wireless connectivity to individual displays powered by Raspberry Pis.

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