Currently your Arduino can only beep like a microwave oven. Mozzi brings the Arduino to life by allowing it to produce much more complex and interesting growls, sweeps and chorusing atmospherics. Mozzi can be used to generate algorithmic music for an installation, wearable sounds for a performance, or interactive sonifications of sensors, on a small, modular and super cheap Arduino, without the hassle of additional hardware, message passing or external synths. Mozzi sounds can be quickly and easily constructed from familiar synthesis units like oscillators, delays, filters and envelopes, and as Mozzi is open source, you can contribute your own extensions to the community. Mozzi has been used for a wide variety of projects all around the world, for example:

- CheapSynth by Fakebit Polytechnic

- a musical fruit fly experiment

- teaching interface design at the Queen Mary University |

- the Standuino hand-made electronic music project

Workshop Description:

Through guided making, participants will learn to use Mozzi and Arduino to combine sensors with synthesis to make complex, reactive sounds. By the end of the workshop everyone will have created their own responsive sound-generating objects.

Day 1:

- introduction to Mozzi on Arduino
- building an example project to learn about:

  • writing a basic Mozzi sound sketch
  • connecting and reading sensors for control
  • mapping sensor readings to synthesis parameters
  • sound output quality and options
  • advanced techniques for squeezing the most out of your microprocessor

Day 2:

- modify the example you built, to make your own project:

  • discuss and plan approaches
  • work on projects with support from workshop convenors
  • show and tell


Participants must bring:

- a laptop and headphones.

All other materials will be provided.


Workshop Presenters: Tim Barass and Stephen Barass

Tim Barrass is the inventor of Mozzi.

Stephen Barrass has facilitated maker workshops on embedded synthesis, sonic interaction design, and data sonification all over the world.