For my final project me and Yining Shi (http://www.yining1023.com/) are going to make and installation with music and lights.
The installation consist in 7 lamps ( music notes C D E F G A B ), that turn on and play a note when the user touch them. We also wanted to have another input through a microphone, so when somebody pitch the right note one of the lamps will turn on depending on the pitch of the voice.
Here’s the video of a circuit that turns on LED and plays a tone using the capacitance library in arduino.
After presenting the project to our classmates and doing some software research we ended with the following conclusions:
1- The two inputs (touching and singing) may confuse the user understanding the installation.
2- Some users don’t like to sing in public no matter what the cause is for.
3- We need a provocative design for the lights so the users know he/she has to touch them to interact with them.
4- Max MSP is a friendly software to use when your using sound, so our tones will be controlled by this software.
5- LED are not bright enough, and working with 120V could be risky, so we will work with 12V lamps, and control them with arduino.