As I said before, it would be impossible to use the mp3 player for our percussion box, as you can’t program it in such a way that it would play sound simultaneously with the movement of the solenoid. We then thought that we’d have to use a program called ‘PureData’, which is computer based and works alongside circuit, so for instance you could press a button on screen to light up an LED on the circuit.
But we’ve recently been developing the form of the percussion-box, and from this we’ve decided to completely do away with pre-recorded sounds and incorporate different materials into the percussion box for the solenoids to hit off of, which will naturally give a different sound anyway. We are now looking at the musical properties of a few different materials such as wood, stone, slate, glass, metal, tin, rubber, and even bells on strings, which is proving productive enough to allow us to begin making the box.
Having spent a long, dull time today pondering over how it could be made, with the help of Sean K, we’re now quite confident that a full day in workshop tomorrow will see it coming to fruition. If all goes well, the box will have a subtly curved top in place of the angular one seen in the video above.
This video was made as part of our ‘play’ hand-in, where we had to demonstrate the concept of our music maker. At this stage, we hadn’t yet rid ourselves of the gastly thought of using PureData with pre-recorded sounds, so it’s been dubbed with our own home-made sound recordings. But for argument’s sake, it could well be any of the materials mentioned above hidden underneath each lid that makes the sounds!