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Sequencing Kids Toys – Part 1 of the Bent Orchestra

December 21st, 2008 Leave a comment Go to comments

This is an ongoing project that I hope to end up with 15 to 20 circuit bent kids toys, that will eventually become a circuit bent orchestra that will all be controlled with Ableton Live.  The keyboard in the video only has the drum section connected as of right now.  Unfortunately it only has a polyphony of 2, so that limits me quiet a bit.  I am using a sequencer I wrote in Pure Data running into an arduino board that controls some reed relays.  The switch time of the relays is to long so I plan on changing them out with some solid state relays.  The arduino is running standard firmata and I edited the Pduino program to include my sequencer.  I have also wrote a patch that has Ableton control the arduino instead of my sequencer.  Check out the video.  Let me know if anyone wants to see the code.


Sequencing Kids Toys – Step One of Bent Orchestra from Mike Tron on Vimeo.

– Miketron

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  1. tron
    September 28th, 2010 at 10:33 | #1

    Hi! I wondered if you had refined this sequencer? Could you make it do random triggers like the sequencer Sailormouth displays on getlofi.com? Would love to see a more detailed pos about it! :)

  1. January 6th, 2009 at 00:41 | #1