Welcome to the Music Track for #InventAnything. Today's Challenge will ask you to create an instrument from your very own imagination. We'll use several parts from the Korg Synth Kit. Let's get started!
How do you make an instrument from scratch?
Today we’ll be playing with a song you already love. What's a tune you played over and over as a teenager?? Tom Petty, the Eagles or Pat Benatar are not embarrassing. Do a Google search for the track online. Choose particular sound in the song--we’re going to make an instrument for it.
- Instrument must reflect a unique sound from a song of your youth.
- It must play more than 3 notes.
- Take a video of you playing the instrument that lasts more than 30 seconds.
Inspiration, Examples and Support
Project Page Favorites
Directions from littleBits on how to Make Your Own Keytar.
LittleBits Broomstick Guitar by Peter Churchyard
littleBits Logic Rhythm circuit
Playing MIDI Files on littleBits’ Arduino at Heart and Synth Bits
Your Fellow bitsters
Ashley Elsdon, Soundlab, UK
Which product did you use and what made you decide to choose this?
The Synth Kit has allowed us to get users to experiment with sound making in a very personal way. In the film we’ve just made (below), we were in a workshop for users to create creature sounds. The Synth Kit was ideal for this and gave us a way for users to not only create sounds but to use the kit to physically make their sounds and understand how the different modules worked together. The product is great because it helps you find weird organic sounds through experimentation.
Hitoshi Takagaki, htkgk, Japan
Meet Hitoshi, our Community Pro from Japan. He is the inventor of numerous littleBits + Lego sound machines, and is a whiz with mechanical musical interfaces.
Share Your Project
Upload your project to the littleBits Project Page and post the link below. Make sure in your upload, you model a "reflective design process" and include:
- The specific bits you used in the project
- Reflect on what did you do 1st, 2nd and 3rd
- List the resources you consulted to help others in the future
Remember this is a community who loves sharing work in progress Don't be shy to share your piece even if it is not finished yet and ask in the Project Buzz category in the forum for help.
1.2 Discuss: How Playing an Instrument Benefits Your Brain
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