Synthux Hackathon 2022

Polyphonic Conductive Harp

Vibe-generating universal turing machine attached to a kitchen tray resonator
Daisy seed microcontroller
Touch sensor
Performance instrument

Coaches & collaborators

Berlin University of the Arts
Fully portable polyphonic harp using conductive fibers and neodymium rings as main interface between musician's fingers and the instrument. Metalic tray from mother-in-law's kitchen used as a resonator to provide the instrument with a particular resonance frequency & timbre.
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the tech

How does it work?

9 ring-shaped neodymium magnets are attached by means of conductive fibers to an MPR121 capacitive sensor which is attached to a daisy running full-tone and half-tone synths. Each magnet is corresponding to one note of an octave, additional one is used to switch between the octave. Simultaneous touch of two juxtaposed tones generates their intermediate half-tone. Mono audio-signal is amplified and transferred to a shaker attached to a sweet spot on a metalic kitchen tray. All is powered by a powerbank, whole instrument is thus fully portable .
Open source code
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Daisy seed microcontroller
A powerful microcontroller for synthesis programmed through C++, Arduino, Pure data and Max MSP
Touch sensor
A touch capacitance sensor can detect anything that is conductive
About the instrument
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