Automated Musical Instruments

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A collection of instrument designs for building automated musical instruments.

striker
Striker : 12V solenoid used with a lever mechanism to create a striking motion. Mounted to a board next to some xylophone bars
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Chimes : vibration motor on a disc that rattles 5 glockenspiel bars
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Glockenspiel with 26 automated MIDI controlled notes
striker
Handheld Striker : 12V solenoid used in a lever mechanism to create a striking drumstick. The handle allows it to be manually moved around.
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Tapper : small 5V solenoid mounted in laser cut case to hold it up. Holes on the edge allow mounting via screws or zip ties.
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Tapper : mounted to a rigging bar in the ATLAS Black Box Theater. 16 were used across the 40″x40″ space allowing spatialization control.
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Blowers: Compressed air controlled with air valve solenoids to blow on tuned bottles
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Strikers : everyday objects make up this drum kit
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Shakers : vibration motors shake sheet metal to create a thunder effect

hardware and software for creative music