There is a xylophone-like instrument at the resort I work at. My goal is to wire a strip of addressable LEDs behind each note and program the lights so that kids(and big kids) can learn to play a tune on this unorthodox instrument. The biggest challenge for me will be programming the lights in a "user-friendly" way so that one knows exactly when to strike the note.
I'd also like to add another "hammer" to allow more difficult or faster songs to be played with more than one person playing along. I hope to implement a few buttons to aid in changing songs or difficulty level.
I plan to record all the notes individually and save them as .wav files. I believe there are 26 notes total. 13 ascending notes towards the middle of the instrument. I will upload those if anyone would be interested in composing some songs or coming up with suggestions.
The python code in the image above is ugly, but it's the part of this project I'll enjoy most. I've
Instructables user, GhostStrype, made This Awesome Instrucables Page that helped get me started setting up python with the fadecandy board... I look forward to writing my own though, as they lost me a bit in the end.