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How do people interact with electronic objects to make sounds?

If you are going to create an instrument or interface, it helps to interact with sound.

Think About

  • How do people interact with electronic objects to make sounds?
  • What are the relationships between the qualities of sounds and instruments or interfaces?

Get Started

In the first XP on interacting with objects to make sounds, we focused on acoustic sounds or sounds that do not require electricity. In this XP we are going to explore electronic objects.

  1. Play with Samplestitch or Sampulator

Have fun! We’ll return to this later. . .

  1. Watch these videos and think about how these people are interacting with sound.

Think about and answer the following questions:

  • How did the people in the videos interact with the electronic objects to control the sounds?
  • How would you describe the sounds they made?
  • When you played with Samplestitch or Sampulator, how did you control the sounds?
  • Compare the way you controlled sounds with the way the people in the videos controlled sounds?
  • What do you think the answers to these questions has to do with creating instruments or interfaces?

Share What you Learned

  • Continue below and share with your teacher or organization:

Sharing What You Learned

  • Write a description, make a drawing, or make a video selfie of an interaction you had with sound that you thought was interesting
  • Explain why you thought that interaction was interesting and what type of sounds you were making.

Next Steps

Curious about learning more?

Return to the XP How do people interact with acoustic objects to make sounds? (and try out other “Go Further! optional XPs)


Return to the Creating Instruments and Interfaces Music Learning Playlist