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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 is a senior editor at MAKE with abiding interest in food and drink, bicycles, woodworking, and environmentally sound human enterprises. He is the father of two young makers.

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

Contact Stett with tips and story ideas on:

*Food
*Sustainable/green design
*Science
*Young Makers
*Action sports


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