This hands-on workshop was held at DINA on 30th June 2016. Joanne Armitage showed us how to use software and hardware to build a theramin-like noise instrument.
The Arduino is a tool known as a microcontoller; a device that you can use either by itself or in conjunction with a computer to sense and control physical inputs and outputs. The focus of the Arduino is interactivity; to support the hardware of the Arduino there is free and open source software that allows you to easily program the microcontroller.
A theramin is an electronic instrument which is controlled without physical contact – the proximity of the performer’s hands to the instrument control the sound that is produced.
During the session we connected the Arduino to an ultrasonic sensor (which works like a radar) and a speaker. Joanne showed us how to use a breadboard which to prototype ideas quickly and cleanly without the need for soldering and wire cutters. We then wrote sections of code to instruct the hardware to behave like a theramin.
Thanks to Yorkshire Sound Women Network, and to Sheffield Hallam University and Catalyst: Festival of creativity for sponsoring this workshop.