Make walking in the rain musical with the 8bit umbrella

first_imgThere’s something about the sound of rain that is quite enjoyable for a lot of people. It can even help you concentrate by forming background noise. If you don’t believe me, just plug in some headphones and start listening while trying to do some work.Being out in the rain is fine too as long as you have an umbrella, but Alice Zappe decided she could improve on the experience by adding music. During Made @Musichackday this year in Amsterdam she hooked up an 8-bit sound system to an umbrella.The umbrella has a number of piezo sensors fitted to the underside of the farbic. They react to the raindrops making an impact and therefore applying pressure, with each being turned into an 8-bit sound using an Arduino Uno and output through a couple of speakers. As you can see in the video, the more intense the rainfall the more sound that is produced.Although it works, the “music” created isn’t going to top any charts. However, such a system could easily be modified to play pre-recorded songs whenever it rains to block out the sound of the shower. Alternatively, you could add a recording unit just in case you get that perfect shower and manage to produce a song worth keeping. Who knows, there might be a market for an 8-bit rain album.Alice’s other projects include adding a green LED backlight to an original Game Boy so it’s easier to view in the dark (and make music with), as well as a point-and-click game created in JavaScript that was inspired by Maniac Mansion. I can’t wait to see what she thinks up for the next Music Hack Day.via Nukacolast_img

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