Project by Pär Carlsson and Lovisa Negga is an electronic instrument that plays music with water droplets - video embedded below:
The water is dripping from 5 bottles on 5 separate contact surfaces, which are soldered onto springs. The springs close a circuit each time the drops land, which transmits a MIDI note with the help of a Makey Makey routed into Ableton Live. We also made some visual experimenting with Max for Live and Vizzable 2.1, to further expand the instrument.
We completed this project during #MIDIHACK 2014 at Spotify Headquarters in Stockholm. The construction is simple but the real challenge is to produce music based on off-tempo MIDI notes without velocity, pitch or note length from water drops. We prepared two separate sound productions in Ableton Live, recorded the MIDI from Dropworks live, each contact surface having its own MIDI channel, routed the MIDI signals through the sounds we’d compiled and mixed the two productions together. The result is non-tempo based ambient music, where all sounds are triggered by water. Much audio, MIDI and Max for Live effects, much reverb and most importantly much fun :D!