STUFF

STUFF is an exploration on creating musical instruments that integrate the basics of electronics with multiple conductive materials.

The instrument series was powered through 9V batteries and included a copper foil percussion mallet set, a nylon tape Carillion, 4 foam drum pads covered in conductive stretch lycra fabric, a wind turntable, and a harmonica that were amplified through homemade coil speakers.

The overall structure relied on building an open circuit that the musician closed by playing the instruments through touch and breath inputs. The outputs were specific to each instrument: the foam drum pads activated a hacked kids toy pianos’ PCB, the wind turntable was hooked to an audio jack onto which an iPhone was plugged to play a song and finally the harmonica generated lights through LEDs rather than sounds.