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Group Project with Lidia Dynes-Martinez, Jacob Mitchell and Tessa Smulders

October / December 2016

Brief: Design and build a noise making machine.
Outcome: A rain-forest soundscape simulator
Contribution: Geneva mechanism, Rainsticks, Assembly, Control Panel


A Geneva mechanism provides an intermittent motion, turning the rainsticks producing the sound of the monsoon.

Whistling Bird


A string - disk disturbs a thunderdrum; an instrument made up of a spring and hollow tube.


The same mechanism is used for both the whistle and warbler. A motor powered crank slider forces a set of bellows open and closed, sending air through the warbler and whistle creating noise.


A Raspberry Pi running a Python script toggled the motors via a breadboard control panel.

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