Mug Music - Turning Water Into an Instrument with Arduino, ChucK, and Touché
For our midterm project in an electronic music class, my friend Harvest and I had to make a digital instrument. I really wanted to experiment with Disney’s Touché system, which allows you to do fancy touch sensing on any conductive surface really cheaply. So, we turned a mug of water into an instrument! The extra supplies cost ~$1! Not including the Arduino, breadboard, mug, etc. Still, that’s extraordinarily cheap touch sensing…
This was a lot of fun. ChucK, by the way, is a great programming language for dealing with music. The Arduino communicates with it by using serial — nothing fancy there.
I’m looking forward to exploring Touché-based sensing more in the future…maybe with plants or people? Or buildings / stair railings? Who knows!