MIDI Hat, 2011

Collaboration with Anna Obikane
Photography by Dan Meyers

We wanted to make a sound interface to explore new ways of interaction. Our goal for this project was to develop a simple. fun, and user-friendly object so anyone can feel comfortable participating. We chose the hat since hats are user-friendly, easy to wear, and ordinary. The lit LEDs signify to the other user that the hat is ready to communicate and emit sound. The pressure sensors send signals to manipulate sounds playing from the computer. Each hat is equipped with different MIDI signals so that the hat users need to collaborate to make a musical composition together.

Arduino Lilypad, felted hat, felted soft sensors and wires, white and tricolor LEDs Program: MAX/MSP