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Making music with MaKey MaKey… and bananas.

Week five of Maker Camp is all about making music — with whatever you’ve got. Like a banana.

Today at 11am Pacific Time on Google+ we’ll get to learn (and listen) how to do just that with MaKey MaKey co-creator Jay Silver. MaKey MaKey connects to your computer and … to you! Or bananas! Or whatever you can think of. It also connects to Scratch, a fun and free programming language, and allows you to play games and control animations, all via your own controllers or fruit instruments.makercamp_300x250

Today’s hangout will also include a very special guest: Damian Kulash, lead singer and guitarist of the band OK Go who will jam with Jay on a fruit instrument of his own design.

Today’s basic project will show you how to make a MaKey MaKey banana piano of your own. For something a little jazzier check out our advanced project: Chladni plates, a way to visualize acoustics and sound waves.

 

Stett Holbrook

Stett Holbrook is editor of the Bohemian, an alternative weekly in Santa Rosa, California. He is a former senior editor at Maker Media.

He is also the co-creator of Food Forward, a documentary TV series for PBS about the innovators and pioneers changing our food system.


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