This site attempts to collect together in one place a range of projects that span music, electronics, microcontrollers (such as Arduino or Raspberry Pi Pico) and programming.
It is also the home of the Arduino Lo-Fi Orchestra.
Most of the information you’d need to do these projects is already scattered around the Internet somewhere, but it isn’t always easy to know where to start or how to join it together. I’ve tried to link to some appropriate tutorials and sources of information where possible. You can read more about why I decided to create this site in the ‘about‘ page.
If everything looks a little bewildering, then you could try starting with one of my Worksheets.
I’ve categorised the projects as either “beginner“, “intermediate” or “advanced“. I will do more explaining in the beginner projects, especially when a new concept crops up that hasn’t been encountered in any of the previous projects. With the intermediate projects, they will take the basics learned in the beginner projects a bit further, but you are more on your own in terms of actually getting on and doing them yourself. They may typically work better if you are ok with some soldering too. The advanced go further still (or are simply just a bit fiddly!).
There is a separate page that lists a range of hardware, software or music techniques used in the projects.
Please note: Everything on this site is provided “as is” with no explicit correctness or fitness for purpose implied or promised. Barring typos and mistakes in the writing up, by fluke or otherwise, I think they worked for me – that is the most I can promise you.
Warning! Be particularly wary about plugging any of these things into your expensive computers or musical equipment! Do so at your own risk! And make sure you double check everything first… old, second-hand or hand-me-down music keyboards, amps or computers are great for experimenting.
The circuits shown are the simplest that might possibly just about work. There will be no protection, buffering, or anything a proper electronics person would design in for any kind of real or robust use. They are just my messing about. I say it a number of times around the site, and I’ll say it again here – I am not an electronics person! It is all just meant to be a bit of fun 🙂
There are some more dos and don’t on the Getting Started pages.
Here are a few of the simpler project ideas to get you going! See the full list on the Projects page.
- The Arduino Tone Generator and Arduino Note Generator show how to use a potentiometer to control the pitch of a note.
- The Simple Arduino Music Keyboard shows how to build a small music keyboard out of switches.
- Arduino Relay Bolero uses a relay to provide a rhythm to a well known tune!
- The Arduino MIDI VS1053 Synth uses an off-the-shelf Arduino shield to create a MIDI tone module.
- The Arduino PWM MIDI Synthesis with Mozzi project introduces the Mozzi sound synthesis library.
- In Instant Touch Music there are two “all on one” boards you can buy and use for touch sensitive music projects.
- In MIDI, MicroPython and the Raspberry Pi Pico I programme the Raspberry Pi Pico to send MIDI.
- Finally the Arduino MIDI Interfaces page brings together a selection of projects that show you how to add MIDI support to your Arduino.