Making Music with the RPiSoC

Haven’t had a chance to post an update here recently, but we’ve still been hard at work with development! So here is my opportunity to show some of those technical developments off.

A few weeks ago I made this video to show off the newest feature to our Python and Scratch interfaces- capacitive sensing!

Well here is a revision of that to show off some even newer features: NeoPixels and Ultrasonic Range Finding! Note that I am not a musician in any way! (Hence why I forgot how to play mary had a little lamb halfway through….) I was mostly trying to showcase the responsiveness of the system, even with all the different parts working together.

And it really could not have been much easier. Here is the full code for the theremin, for instance.


So now we have a nice keyboard and theremin to play with on the RPiSoC. Also, I hope you noticed but I upgraded the Keyboard to use two buzzers instead of one, too. Eventually I’ll make a full piano with a handful of buzzers and the rest of my fruit basket (or maybe drawn on paper with conductive ink?)

Anyway, I will be back with more business side developments soon!


Comments (2)

  1. Steve McLemore (reply)

    December 14, 2014 at 5:28 am

    I eagerly await news from the business side. I came across your KickStarter gig only yesterday, 12/13/14. I got excited about what I have seen so far.

    Do you have a feel for how far down the road it is to getting one in my hands?

    I can hardly contain my excitement. I want one and I want it bad. I want to do some serious playing with home automation.


    1. admin (reply)

      January 8, 2015 at 3:55 pm

      Great to hear of your enthusiasm Steve! At this very moment, we are orchestrating some workshops and developing our interfaces around these experiences. Because of this, we have been able to successfully inspire and teach people, including kids, how to build cool stuff. In the next couple of months we will have finished these workshops, and we intend to relaunch the RPiSoC. The exact details are in the works, but you should expect an opportunity to purchase one in the very near future! And you will be very happy with the additions and improvements we have made in that time.


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Published on: 11 December 2014
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