melomuse: Designing and Creating a Musical Exploration Machine

Student: Will Greenberg
Mentor: Dan Roe
Domains: Media, Technology, & Performing Arts
Faculty Grader: Urban Reinenger


Music is mind altering. When I play the piano, I get into a state of mind different from anything else I do. It’s one of my favorite things to do… but learning was tough. So, I created an electronic instrument that anyone can play without a learning curve. I call it melomuse. It’s a repurposed step-sequencer, a tool used by producers and DJs to make rhythms and arpeggiate melodies. I designed a sound for melomuse, built the device itself, and learned how to code in Arduino. It’s a lot of fun to play around with; I hope you get a chance to try it!

Documentation of Product

The process is documented on my blog.

Exhibition & Presentation

Coming soon…

Works Consulted

Cage, John. Silence: Lectures and Writings. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan UP, 1961. Print.


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