Here at Freetronics we often talk about how an Arduino can be the heart between many types of musical instruments - and another example we've found by Bonnie Eisenman is another interesting way of making music.
A mug of water is used via some simple circuity to the Arduino as the interface for the instrument, which is used as a touch interface. Data gathered by the Arduino is then send back to a PC and interpreted via ChucK music programming software. This is an interesting demonstration of turning everyday objects into touch sensors, and demonstrated in the following video:
If you're interested in making your own touch-sensitive musical instrument, visit Bonnie's Instructable page. And for more, we're on facebook, Google+, and twitter - so follow us for news and product updates as well.
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