While I have a great deal of experience with designing textile pieces, coding is very new to me. I started exploring programming melodies during our Create Make Learn institute in July. I am basically teaching myself by stealing some code and tweaking it to suit my project. Since I do not have a lot of music knowledge, I am finding music that is geared more towards basic recorder playing---it has the notes written out for me. I am then using the frequency chart below for the the code.
So far I have written code for both Deck the Halls and Jingle Bells. I have to say that the second way (Jingle Bells) was much more efficient. The notes are defined and then separated by commas in the melody. The pause is defined as "R" (rest), which has a "0" frequency.
My next step is to add in the green and red lights to match different notes. I am fortunate to have a brother who writes code on a daily basis. He has agreed to help me with this if I have a good plan. I started to sketch out how I want everything to work together.
Finding an ugly enough sweater was also no easy task! I settled on this lovely red vest with sequined and embroidered Christmas trees. I plan to also add some bells, a snowman, and maybe even some fringe. I also started to sketch out where I might be sewing the electronic elements...