30 Jan '15, 8pm

Make Music With Everyday Objects Using Ototo

Make Music With Everyday Objects Using Ototo

The Ototo board is an invention for musical innovators; it is to would-be creators of playable instruments what a prototyping board is to circuit builders. The board makes it easy to connect both everyday objects and a wide range of analog sensors to a music synthesizer. Any vaguely conductive surface (metallic duct tape, the skin of a fruit, and so forth) becomes a touch sensor once wired to one of 12 large pads on the board, which correspond to one octave of notes. Additional sensors can be plugged into any one of the four headers, which provide 5 volts, a ground, and a voltage-sensing input. The inputs from these can alter the pitch, amplitude, and timbre of sounds. There’s a built-in speaker, and a stereo headphone jack can send sounds to an amplifier. But the most powerful feature of the Ototo—what really elevates it from toy to tool—is that when you connect it to a c...

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