Spinphony

Arduino Makers - Spinphony

Description

Spinphony is a bike installation made in collaboration with 72andsunnys Google team and their Made with Code initiative. Our goal was to inspire and encourage teenage girls to take an interest in coding.

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What have you made?

We got a brief from the Google team at 72andSunny, to create a physical installation that would involve music and would inspire and encourage teenage girls to take an interest in coding.

We created a musical bike installation, each of them were given a specific instrument stem of a song. For instance, bike 1 controls drums, bike 2 might control bass and so on. The way we made it all come together was to have the volume of each stem depend on the speed at which the bike was being pedaled (i.e. the slower the RPM the quieter the stem of the song and vice versa). This is where Arduino came into play.

We ended up making a great first prototype that we even got to present at a company-wide meeting with over 300 people! Check out the 360 video for our full performance piece! (yes that means you can grab the screen and explore our performance in 360 degrees!)

How long did it take to make it real?

From concept to craft it took 3 weeks. Long nights and a lot of help form great people.

How did you build it?

Using two magnets, a reed switch, Arduino, RPM values and MIDI we were able to produce an amazing symphony. We ended up making a great first prototype.