Touch-Sensitive Musical Painting - do it yourself

  • This musical painting is a graphical score that you touch to play melodies and harmonies. It incorporates visual composition, musical composition, and gestural interaction to create a new form of visual music where the composition and the instrument are combined together.
  • This Instructable will show you how to make a touch-sensitive musical painting with a Teensy to send MIDI to a Mac Mini that synthesizes sounds with Ableton Live. The painting itself is made with acrylic paint, conductive paint, colored pencil, and nails on a wood panel.
  • To get an overview of how to do capacitive touch sensing in general, check out this Instructable.
  • This technique can be easily applied to other materials and touch sensing applications!
  • This painting was a collaboration between Sophia Brueckner and Eric Rosenbaum.
  • This Instructable is a work in progress. We have been refining our process with each iteration, and feedback is welcome!

    Step 1: Materials

    Touch-Sensitive Musical Painting


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