My final project will be an interactive sculpture; a laser harp. I will laser cut an enclosure but instead of including strings, I will be using 5mW green lasers. How it will work is that when someone "plucks" the lasers, the corresponding photocell sensors will read the disruption in the laser and trigger servo motors to strike glockenspiel bells residing on top of the harp. Thus, I will be creating an instrument with a digital format that emits physical sound. The glockenspiel notes (there are six) will also be in a combination of notes that when improved on, it sounds like there's never a "wrong" note. I want to play with the ideas of digital music as an accessible way to get into music while also as a limitation to others more versed in musicianship. So far, the project is coming along, the enclosure is completed and the code is almost complete. The only issue is that the original lasers were not of high quality and I had to replace them.
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