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music

PiPiano: a musical, educational add-on board

Last week we received a surprise parcel from Mike Horne, containing a new add-on board for us to look at. Mike introduced it to us: It’s called the PiPiano and was designed and developed by 14-year-old Zachary Igielman, who is a regular at CamJam and our line-following-robot guru! He’s currently running an Indiegogo campaign for... Continue reading

Sonic Dreams with Meta-eX and Sonic Pi

Dr Sam Aaron is the creator of our musical programming environment, Sonic Pi, and a researcher at the University of Cambridge Computer Lab by day. By night he’s something else altogether. The music from this video by his band, Meta-eX, was all composed on a Raspberry Pi using Sonic Pi. Sam’s hoping to make a making-of video –... Continue reading

Sonic Pi v2.0 competition for schools is launched!

The deadline for this competition has been extended till 9th January 2015. This week, Dr Sam Aaron released the much anticipated final version of Sonic Pi v2.0. It will be replacing Sonic Pi v1 on Raspbian very soon, and you will be able to get it via our Downloads page (we will let you know... Continue reading

Game of Thrones Nintendo keytar hack

What do you get if you cross a Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), a Guitar Hero Controller, a Famicom Controller, a Raspberry Pi and a toy keyboard? What you actually get is this: a homemade keytar which uses the NES’s lovely grungy old 8-bit analogue sound chip to make sweet, sweet synthesised tunes. Theremin Hero has built the keytar... Continue reading

Joytone

What do you get if you cross a Raspberry Pi; 57 geometrically tiled, thumb-sized joysticks; a spot of multiplexing; and some Bach? A completely new musical instrument, that’s what. David Sharples says: We wanted to invent an entirely new electronic musical instrument, and there were two things we wanted to focus on in the design of... Continue reading

Back to the Future theme tune, played by disk drives

YouTuber Arganalth has an interesting hobby: music production using disk drives. His channel contains a whole host of musical masterpieces conducted using an array of various disk drives, programmed to make the arms in the drives retract in very specific ways to generate the right sound. Until now he’s been using a PC which sends the data to... Continue reading

Easy as Pi Piano

I’m on the fence about whether or not this is an effective way to learn how to play the piano: but it’s definitely an effective way to learn about electronics, Python, servo motors, and why lasers are cool. Shane Snipe and his dad took about 50 hours to put this project together – astonishingly, neither... Continue reading

Glock around the clockenspiel

Are you a primary or secondary teacher in the UK? Do you want some free CPD? Apply to join our free Raspberry Picademy here at Pi Towers in Cambridge with our amazing education team: closing date for applications is March 28.  Ivan Roulson from RPi Kitchen (really worth some of your time this afternoon if... Continue reading

Music hack of the decade: Panflute Hero!

Jhonny Göransson was part of the team that made what’s simply the daftest and most wonderful music hack we’ve seen so far. The moment he tweeted about it last night, we knew we had to show it to you as soon as we could. It’s called Panflute Hero. Panflute Hero was the result of a... Continue reading

Gesture detecting air guitar glove with added head banging goodness

Clive: We like wearable computers; we like music; but most of all we like wearing Blake’s 7 style gauntlets, playing air guitar and head banging. So we were delighted when Adam Smith-Kipnis of Team Hackcouture.io, a small team of technologists and designers “passionate about wearable computing”, got in touch to tell us about their recent... Continue reading