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Bonnie Eisenman

Software engineer, author, knitter, Esperantist. Member of NYC Resistor and author of Learning React Native.

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A few months back, as part of my Electronic Music class, I decided to try combining Disney Research’s amazing Touché touch-sensing system with a mug of water and some music generation. The result is Mug Music: a humble interface that’s incredibly fun to play with. Continuing last year’s theme, this was a collaboration with my friend Harvest Zhang.

I’ve posted all the instructions, parts requirements, etc. to Instructables. If you just want the code, see the Github repo.

The exciting thing is that if you want to try this yourself, you don’t need many extra supplies at all! The touch-sensing requires nothing more than $2 worth of extra parts (most notably an inductor) and an Arduino. The rest is all ChucK, which I highly recommend checking out if you are curious about musical programming.

And, here’s one more video.