Wind-Controlled Synthesizer

"AeolianWAVes" was a project I explored during my GA work with Dr. Edgar Berdahl. The project modernizes the traditional wind chime to allow the owner/maker to customize the chimes' timbres, and even compose unique works for the installation. This project explored making accessible DIY projects that could be designed into kit/instruction bundles distributed by sites such as Ponoko.

The body is digitally fabricated by cutting sheets of plywood or acrylic with a laser-cutter and holds all of the necessary components. Copper tape is connected to a Raspberry Pi's GPIO pins and, when any chime makes contact with the clapper, an additive-synthesized chime is triggered in a custom-made Pure Data patch. To see more or make your own, visit the project's Wiki page.