Synthux Hackathon 2022


A synthesizer focusing on interactivity and connecting sound with movement.
Daisy seed microcontroller
Magnetic sensor
Sound art

Coaches & collaborators

Birmingham City University
This performance, which takes the magnetic field as the creative centre, communicates, controls, processes and expresses feelings through the performer's body language. This device uses the combination of music and games to lead the audience to feel the connection between sound and movement.
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the tech

How does it work?

The device outputs a waveform of a specific frequency. The user needs to match that waveform by hovering their hands above the two magnetometers while wearing the gloves that have magnets attached on them. Each magnetometer is responsible for outputting a different waveform. Each axis of the magnetometer controls a different variable. The z-axis (vertical movement) controls the frequency of the wave while the y and x-axis (horizontal movement) control a low and a high pass filter respectively. The device is programmed to proceed to the next waveform after the user successfully matched the required waveform within an error margin. Every time the user is successful on matching the waveform the program makes the sound more difficult to match by requiring the user to adjust the filters or use both sensors to output 2 waves at the same time or a combination of these.
Open source code
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Daisy seed microcontroller
A powerful microcontroller for synthesis programmed through C++, Arduino, Pure data and Max MSP
Magnetic sensor
A magnetic sensor converts the magnitude and variations of a magnetic field into electric signals.
About the instrument
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