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The musical baguette work like a Theremin and a percussion instrument but can be connected to any virtual instruments!
It can be used to control an instrument or some parameters of this instrument, like the filters or whatever.

I won't go deeply into the mechanism of the instrument because I am not a specialist and you will find a lot of docs on the internet.
But to make it simple, it use an antenna which produce a frequency and your body will change this frequency. What you get is the difference between the original frequency and the current one. This difference vary with the distance so you can use you hands without touching the instrument to control anything.

For some use you might also want to get the percussions on your instrument, so you can use a Piezo-electric sensor to get them (percussion part in the video).

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Step 1: Build the theremin

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For this part, I have used this tutorial and haven't changed anything. The weak part in my system was the antenna: thinner than the one adviced and not in a ring shape, because I then put it inside the baguette. Note: I recently used a coke can as an antenna and it worked even better than with a cable.

If you followed the tutorial. You should have connected the Arduino to your computer and run the Adruino code they give. Instead of this code you can use mine. It is the same except that I have commented all the serial communication we don't need, it will just send the distance information.

Run it and on the Arduino application and watch the datas you receive. To do that click on the button up right. Be sure they match the distance of you hand from the antenna. At some point the values are inverted, this is normal and this is also something to improve.

sciencemAjor10 months ago

nvm got it thanks dude you rock

sciencemAjor10 months ago

I ran the arduino code, and I clicked start on your maxpat program. It seems to not receive anything. Thoughts?

"Make a sandwich with the piezzo and the antenna."
You have a weird taste :D Favorited.
LOL wonderfully cool. But people should have their own personal baguette since usually wind instruments can have a lot of spew condensing in there. ;D

Also usually when eating food you usually make music after words and depending on the food if you know what I mean. LOL ;D :P
stumitch2 years ago
THAT IS SO COOL. i love that its a baguette. it adds a certain level of weirdness that fits with a theremin.
mrmerino2 years ago
Mother of God....

The musical baguette...
SHIFT!2 years ago
See Mom, playing with your food isn't just fun......IT'S SCIENCE!
The only way this would be better is if a cat was playing it. Amazing!
scoochmaroo2 years ago
Ooh, this would be a great entry in the Father's Day Challenge too. I mean what dad doesn't need playable bread?
scoochmaroo2 years ago
This is INSANE! I love it. I need a musical baguette now.
The most delicious instrument ever.
mikeasaurus2 years ago