"Musicomatic" - the random Arduino-powered jazz machine
Sometimes you don't need much to do a lot - and the following project by R0D0T is am example of this. Using an Arduino, three inexpensive servos, a piezo buzzer and some miscellaneous items - a jazz music machine has been created that can generate a variety of sound effects. The servos have short pipes attached which are knocked against wood, and with the buzzer being used at the right (or random) time... some examples of random jazz music can be generated, for example:
Then again, opinions of what jazz music is can be somewhat subjective. However it's a fun project and would make a great weekend project to share with children, so visit the project page to get started. And for more, we're on twitter and Google+, so follow us for news and product updates as well.
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