Christopher Hicks

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Arduino Musical Instument with Synesthesia Colour Mapping

A musical instrument control box, ability to plug in an amp or use small internal speaker. Controls for volume, instument selection, and bank selection. Multicolor led (red=c,orange=d,..,violet = g),another led to indicate sharp/flat.

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Christopher Hicks wrote 03/10/2017 at 14:04 point

Yes, there is.

For me, I made the large LED a color per base note, then I just had a second small led to indicate sharp.

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Morning.Star wrote 03/11/2017 at 01:12 point

Nice work Chris, that explains it a lot better. It looks similar to Sax fingering you're using on that, but moved parallel to each other. Not sure how you are handling the flats, does the software translate that into sharps for you as part of the transpose? Clever if it does.

So you get an impression of colour from the symbolic note, rather than the frequency of the tone produced? Similar to grapheme synaesthesia with writing? Thats interesting, 440hz and 880hz are very different, tighter and finer grained as it goes sharper. Timbre gives me colour, sines are smooth, saws and squares are 'fizzy', is the only way I can describe it. Reds, blues and yellows. Drumshots are flashes, any loud sound makes it hard to see and think, I dont like it too loud.

But playing musical instruments, the guitar especially just feels like butter. Gold, copper, cream, silk... Pure Serotonin. I dont get that with a synth, its the physical vibration of the instrument against my body.

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Morning.Star wrote 03/10/2017 at 13:18 point

Hi Chris, thanks for following cardware.

Thats an interesting little project you have there. Any chance of a video of it in action :-)

I'm curious, can you change the mappings of note to colour? Synaesthesia is highly individual from what I can make of it and different people see different things. I see structure in sound myself, it's hard to explain because it isnt symbolic, its sensory...

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