I performed using my Audiovisual Instrument the ‘Willpower Theremin’ at Spektrum Berlin as a part of MOVLAB #28

I then invited the public @ Spektrum Berlin to play with the Willpower Theremin 🖐🏻🖐🏿

It was joyful to see the people having fun with it ! 🤟🏾🔊

The original Theremin is an electronic musical instrument controlled without physical contact. It was invented by Léon Theremin of Russia who patented it in 1928. I created my version by adding a visual component amongst other differences… I coded the Sound and Visuals in openFrameworks, an open-source C++ framework… used 2 infrared sensors via Arduino to capture the distance of my hands in mid air to control amplitude and frequency of the Oscillator (Sound) while mapping them to a x/y axis for the visuals to be animated symbiotically with the audio, via hands in motion ✋😸🤚. The purpose is to create Music + Graphics with the natural movements of the human body.” ☺️🎼🎨🔊👩🏽‍🎤🖤

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The Hardware is still in prototype mode here in the image below.

Willpower Theremin

The Willpower Theremin V1 🔊
Finally got a first version of the theremin going 🙌🏿 Using an ultrasound ( sound frequency)and infrared ( sound amplitude )sensors to detect distance, allowing me to move freely in space to produce sounds.
The bass is crazy with a low frequency of 20hz but cannot be heard through the 💻
Coded the Software in oF, using Arduino Micro as a microcontroller
This is fun 🤸🏿‍♂️

The very first one. Using an ultrasound sensor to trigger sounds based on linear hand movements.

Next steps:

  • Introduce other musical sounds
  • develop 3D visuals
  • ways to change sounds
  • study ways other apps make music
  • apply similar changes to visuals