Introduction: The Riff Machine
Did you ever want to organize a jam session and let people with no previous musical experience jump in as well? Our riff machine will play super as long as all musicians in the room play in C major and/or A minor scale.
AudioPlexus aimed at creating and applying effective and innovative inclusion strategies in a mixed abilities group of young people in Itzehoe, Germany, through combined use of music and technology. It is supported by START a program of the Robert Bosch Stiftung, conducted in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut Thessaloniki and the German Association of Sociocultural Centers, supported by the John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation and the Bodossaki Foundation.
Step 1: Materials
To begin you will need:
1x Bare Conductive Touch Board
1x Bare Conductive Electric Paint 10ml
1x Bare Conductive Touch Board Starter Kit
12x crocodile clip
Markers/Papers any material for handcrafts that you like
Step 2: Step 1 Design
Design different buttons for the different riffs of your riff machine
Step 3: Step 2 Make Conductive
Add conductive paint and/or copper tape to make your buttons conductive.
Don’t forget to create connections till the edge of your cardboard where the crocodile clip is going to connect.
Step 4: Step 3 Download the Riffs
Our media educator Ben Heuer created this set of 20 riffs for our workshop that you can download them here.
They are made with Magix.
Step 5: Step 4 Load Sounds
Now it’s time to upload your selected feedback sound onto the Touch Board. If you haven’t changed the MP3 files on the Touch Board before, have a look here. Choose 12 of our riffs and load them onto the board.
Step 6: Step 5 Test
Connect the board to the different buttons and Jam!
Step 7: Step 6: More
In our project we spread the sounds in 3 different Touch Boards and passed them through a sound mixer to create a space for interactions between the participants.
In case you want each board to play two riffs simultaneously or create crazy effects for your riffs you can set the board as a midi interface as explained here.