Modular-Muse is hardware and software for making music with interactive technologies.

Make new instruments

Interactive technologies and computation open up new possibilities for interacting with sound, creating algorithmic music, and building new interfaces for musical expression.


Music Bots

Create and control musical automated musical instruments (aka Music Bots). Use your favorite off the shelf music software or for the hardware hackers, write your own software to control them. The Music Bots Motor Driver boards  work with Solenoids, vibration motors, DC motors and more to create sound and motion.

Digital Music Instruments

The Sound Clippys Platform is a hardware and software toolkit for making digital music instruments using sound design techniques and simple circuits to create custom interfaces.  The platform is based on the Arduino microcontroller and Pure Data (Pd) audio programming environment.

an instrument created with Modular-Muse

The software library for Pd-extended includes objects for sound synthesis, parameter control, audio effects, and to route data from an Arduino to trigger and control sound.

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Modular-Muse software library objects

The Sound Clippys Hardware Board uses alligator clips and some basic on-board circuits making it easy to build physical controllers that can shape and control sound.

Sound Clippys hardware board




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  1. Trying to make something like the gamelatron for sound baths. Already have the tray of 9 gamelon gongs. Any suggestions for parts, supplies. and design ideas?

    1. Sorry for the slow reply – the holidays are always busy!

      It sounds like you need to drive 9 motors? It depends on your experience and how ambitous you are. I have a new x10 channel board I have been working on that I can sell to you – or you can order a 16 channel board and solder it up – and connect it to a Teensy or other microcontroller.

      Then you need the motors – I am a big fan of these car door motors because they are inexpensive for a powerful 12V solenoid – however they are a little noisy (they have a moving gear inside them that makes a very mechanical noise) but depending on what you are striking with them you may never notice.

  2. Hi,

    Great to see this site. I’ve always wanted to make an automated musical instrument. A few years ago I bought some solenoids and interfaced one to an 8051 microcontroller to strike a glockenspiel plate at different speeds. I find the mechanics the tricky part – adjusting the angle and separation to get a pleasant sound, as well as minimising the sound of the solenoid as it moves.

    I’m writing firmware for a home-made handheld calculator at the moment but am looking forward to getting back to automated musical instruments soon.


    1. very cool!

      yes, minimizing the solenoid sound is tricky. Sometimes you can add something soft in between the plunger and the metal it usually strikes. It of course depends on the style being used.

      Usually I find the sound of the solenoid striking something is much louder than the sound of the solenoid itself, making it less of an issue. That said, I appreciate any effort to improve the fidelity of actuated instruments

  3. Good day,
    I want to order Order 16 channel MMMD Components (from Sparkfun)
    But the TLC 5940-PWM Driver is retired (COM-10136 RoHS)
    Wich other Driver can i use?
    Thanks a lot for reply.
    Kind regards
    D. Krieger

    1. You can get the DIP version of this part still at other outlets. If you do a search for TLC5940 you’ll see several options. I’ve had good luck with ebay but YMMV.

      If you do end up building up a 16 channel board report back how it goes for you and what you make!

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