Synthux Hackathon 2022


Magnifying sound by electromagnetic movement
Daisy seed microcontroller
Light sensor
Performance instrument

Coaches & collaborators

Design Academy Eindhoven
Magnified is a project about our changing habitats. What are the habitats we surround ourselves with? What do they look like? And how do they change? With magnified you influence your habitat by symmetrically moving magnets to create a levitating effect. The user gains control over the atmosphere around them while focusing on this magnetic play. The small movement of the middle magnet is magnified by the sounds changing your current habitat.
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the tech

How does it work?

The synthesizer uses electromagnetic conductivity. A moving magnet near copper generates a small electric field, which allows it to levitate. Moving the magnets allows the middle magnet to levitate. Levitation requires constant interaction with the object. On the bottom of the synthesizer, between the copper plates are located three light-dependent resistors (LDRs). The LDRs control two oscillators with different pitches and a filter. When the magnet moves, its shadow will pass over the different LDRs, which will modulate the oscillator's pitches and the filter’s cutoff frequency.
Open source code
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Daisy seed microcontroller
A powerful microcontroller for synthesis programmed through C++, Arduino, Pure data and Max MSP
Light sensor
A light sensor detects light in its proximity
About the instrument
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