BeetBox – music employing capacitive touch, root veg and a Pi

This has to win Liz’s Project of the Year Award (there is no prize).

Regular readers will know that I go all wibbly over music projects that use the Raspberry Pi. And that I’m a very keen cook. What festive joy, then, to find a link to BeetBox in my Twitter stream. This project, from Scott Garner, wires up some root vegetables to a Pi (hidden, alongside an amp and speakers, in what I am going to call the beetroot mount – a lovely thing handmade from poplar wood) and seduces you into…touching them, to make sweet, sweet music.

BeetBox Demo from Scott Garner on Vimeo.

Seriously – is this not the best thing ever? You can read more about it on Scott’s website, where there’s more video; and you can find code to bring joy into the contents of your own fridge’s crisper drawer at Github.

Come on, folks. Next, we want to see a carrot piano.

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Can it play Beethoven?

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90% sure the BeetBox’s response to that would be “Badoom-tish”.

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You opened a can of worms here.

How about the Beetles?

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Or a rendition of Michael Jackson’s Beet it?

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It’ll be the main instrument of a cover band. The Beet Gees.

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…opening their set with that Gloria Estefan great, Dr Beet.

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Bill and Ben will be along soon.

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It may not be a Raspberry Pi project, but here’s the carrot piano you asked for.

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Remember, not everyone bashes the Ubuntu store for commercial apps. I don’t for example. You just hear the loudest shouters. As with any complainers. Very few people can be bothered to write and be complimentary about something, whereas complainers are two a penny.

And I’m not sure why this compromises the community spirit of the Raspi. If anything it gives the community an easy way of sharing their stuff – remember, free stuff is expected to be in the majority. Also note, code that underlies the Raspi, the Linux kernel, Arm side drivers etc, are all open source, and available via a different route.

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Eh, are you sure that was aimed at me?

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I am sure that JamesH was replying some post of the other topic:
http://www.raspberrypi.org/archives/2768

I don’t know how his post came to this topic.

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Er, not sure how that happened. It’s tagged that reply to the wrong post, and I have no idea how to move it! Rest assured its not aimed at you.

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That is way KOOL just what i needed today – thanks for sharing.

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makeymakey works a treat with a pi for this stuff

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Is there any guide of wiring that thing up?
You have to know that I´am a beginner at this things but i really want such an cool beetbox too.

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