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Synthesizer created with Vegetables

Posted: Thu Feb 21, 2013 8:42 pm
by griffin avid
Source: http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2013/0 ... n=20130221

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Fresh produce has never been hipper.

Need proof? Check out this video of Brooklyn-based songwriter-producer-artist extraordinaire Jonathan Dagan, better known as J.Viewz, playing a beautiful — and just plain awesome — cover of Massive Attack's 1998 hit "Teardrop" on a variety of fruits and vegetables.
J.Viewz/YouTube


J.Viewz is using a cool little circuit board called the MaKey MaKey (pronounced may-kee may-kee) that allows you to hook almost anything up to a keyboard.
The MaKey MaKey uses basic principles of circuitry to turn any object — even an apple — into a keyboard key.

The MaKey MaKey uses basic principles of circuitry to turn any object — even an apple — into a keyboard key.
Jay Silver/Flickr

The concept is simple. All you need to do is connect three things to the MaKey MaKey – a computer, a fun object, and yourself. By touching the object, you close the circuit, and a signal is sent to the MaKey MaKey. The circuit board then translates this electronic signal into a keyboard signal, which is sent to your computer.
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Your computer can't tell the difference between a signal coming from the MaKey MaKey and a signal coming from an actual keyboard. So this little chip basically allows you to transform any object that conducts even just a tiny bit of electricity into a keyboard key.

And if you've got a virtual piano keyboard program like this one pulled up on your computer, then you've just created your own unique musical instrument.

All J.Viewz did was to take it one step further by rewiring the circuit board to connect with an electronic piano keyboard instead of a computer keyboard.
Making a banana piano is easy with the MaKey MaKey. Enlarge image

Making a banana piano is easy with the MaKey MaKey.
Jay Silver/Flickr
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Cool stuff, right?

We certainly thought so, and plenty of other people seem to agree.

Since the MaKey MaKey was released last year, people have been posting videos of themselves playing sweet tunes on all sorts of edibles, including oranges, doughnuts and even seafood. But if you really want to impress your friends, we suggest you opt for a true classic: the banana piano.

Re: Synthesizer created with Vegetables

Posted: Thu Feb 21, 2013 11:09 pm
by balma
What´s the risk of using too juicy fruits? No electroshock? :D

Your neighboors could find something like this after detecting the funny smell coming out from your apartment....
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Re: Synthesizer created with Vegetables

Posted: Thu Feb 21, 2013 11:29 pm
by Em Pe Ge
vegan synthesis at it's finest.

Re: Synthesizer created with Vegetables

Posted: Sat Feb 23, 2013 1:22 am
by ppg_wavecomputer
Reminds me of a festival I once attended in The Hague, back in 2002. A couple of guys in lab suits were inserting electrodes into potatoes, cauliflower, and other vegetables to make strange noises with these. There was a Synton College in the rack behind them, and Coil were playing "Broccoli" a little later.

It was a most enjoyable evening.

Stephen

Re: Synthesizer created with Vegetables

Posted: Wed Mar 06, 2013 8:58 am
by calaverasgrande
why was I not surprised by the Brooklyn part?

Re: Synthesizer created with Vegetables

Posted: Wed Mar 06, 2013 1:25 pm
by stephen
Time to dig out the old Waldorf Salad joke...

Re: Synthesizer created with Vegetables

Posted: Sat Mar 08, 2014 3:20 am
by phesago
Lettuce turnip the beet :lol:

Re: Synthesizer created with Vegetables

Posted: Sat Mar 08, 2014 8:19 am
by cartesia
ah i thought he was gonna use voltage controlled circuits... :(

Re: Synthesizer created with Vegetables

Posted: Sat Mar 08, 2014 10:11 am
by Stab Frenzy
???? The synthesiser isn't made from vegetables.

Re: Synthesizer created with Vegetables

Posted: Sun Mar 09, 2014 12:31 am
by Synthetech
So THIS is going to be Fruity Loops 12???