Interactive Turntable

Emulating a vinyl record player on Processing.

Amy Kang


“Interactive Turntable” is an emulation of a vinyl record player (turntable) on Processing. The user can use the turntable just as they would use it in real life, which is by placing the tonearm on the LP record. The tonearm moves closer to the center of the record as the playing continues. The user can change the start time of the music by moving the tonearm to different parts of the LP record and can stop the music by removing the tonearm from it. The turntable also contains a volume slider that can be used to adjust the sound volume.
Two soundtracks, namely “Moon River” sung by Audrey Hepburn and “Symphony No.5” composed by Beethoven, are available. Either song can be chosen by clicking on the according buttons.

IM Abu Dhabi
Introduction to Interactive Media

Music Wheel

A rotating electronic music box.

Haorui Li, Liyang Zhu


It is common for music boxes to be powered by spiral springs while the plectrums make the sound. However, we are thinking of the possibility of combining the idea of the music box with the electromagnetics we learned in our course – Working with Electrons. Our project is basically an electronic music box that rotates like a sky wheel. As a result, we named it “Music Wheel”.

This project requires a comprehensive understanding of the motors (especially the stepper motors which we are using in this project), NE555 timer, operations on Arduino, PCB design, and also basic circuit operations. To make a speaker produce sounds, one of the ways is to use a NE555 oscillating circuit. In order to make multiple frequencies of sounds, we decide to attach the resistances with different values to the different axles of the wheel. When the wheel rotates, we can switch the resistance connected to the NE555 IC and produce a different sound.

However, the trickiest part of our project, is the stepper motor. Basically, a stepper motor is a kind of motor that can rotate certain steps in response to the electric signal given to it. The advantage of this kind of motor is that it produces almost no noise (compared to brush motor). And to produce such a set of electric signals, we need to use Arduino and ULN2003 IC to make it work – a challenging work.

Lastly, as an art piece, it also takes us a lot of time working on the delicate design of the wooden structure of our wheel. We have looked through some of the world’s most famous sky wheels and learn from their grant but well-organized design.

Student information: Tom Zhu (, Harry Lee (

IMA/IMB Shanghai
Working with electrons

EM instrument

We want to build a EM instrument showing the existence of radiation.

Chenglin Li, Jamie Wang


We design a box just like the mp3 music box to play the electromagnetic sound. We put arduino, the circuit and the charger in this box. You can put this box near the electronic device to hear the electromagnetic waves they generate. The higher the frequency of the em waves, the higher the sound the box produces. Different from the music, what you hear is the invisible em waves.

IMA/IMB Shanghai
Working with electrons

Augmented Music Playground

This is the project to turn various things around you or things in Nature into playful inspiring music media so that anybody could enjoy create/co-create music symphony with others and things.

Sachiko Nakajima


As a jazz pianist, mathematician, STEAM educator, I have been really passionate in delivering the joy to:

• Create Your Music

• Co-create Music

• Co-exist with diverse daily things / Nature

Under these passions, in this thesis journey, I explored to produce “Augmented Music Playgrounds”, which aims to turn daily life objects or Nature around you into some musical media, so that people (even with no music backgrounds) could enjoy to create/co-create music through spatial, multi-sensory intuitive interactions with them.

Basically, I explored 2 main new music media to create or co-create music with others:

1. Fruits/Vegetables/SLIME… : Turing your weird haptic experiences into music

2. Hand-drawing Doodles: Turning Doodles into musical media through magic camera

These could trigger not only hidden, augmented music (or any sound effects) but also visual effects as well. So, you could enjoy music creation, not only by listening, but also by touching, seeing, smelling, tasting(?), and feeling. I believe this research would open up new playful, inclusive, participatory ways of music creation and to turn the “music live performance stage” into our daily life, like what Minyo or traditional music have been.

Also, this project is under the Japanese animistic concept of “YAOYOROZUNOKAMI” (8 millions of God), in which people respect the soul or divinity inside objects such as stones, rice, water, mountains, toilets, pencils, robots, as well as concepts like numbers, or even abstract things like emptiness. We sense the soul or Kami-sama(God) in everything. This does not mean that everything is perfect but rather that imperfect diverse divinity is present everywhere which should be respected for and sensed by intuition. Through this thesis project, I tried to let people get aware of these hidden divinities inside objects, by hearing and sensing their “singing”, which could create the whole, augmented improvisational miracle symphony of our life.

IMA/ITP New York