Electromew - electronic wearables and art by Rain

Twinkle Tartiflette - an Arduino driven interactive word/music artwork, July 2010

Twinkle Tartiflette on new mannequin

My inspiration for Twinkle Tartiflette came from a Dübreq Stylophone, a mini synthesizer invented in 1967, which for me embodies childhood memories of electronic music making. I pondered how one would go about making an interactive artwork inspired the Stylophone using LilyPad Arduino components and C programming code and interpretation of my favourite childhood nursery rhyme Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.

I wanted to combine words, image and sound into an interactive experience contained on a wearable, mobile item, in this case a long sleeved t-shirt. I took the first two verses of this nursery rhyme and embroidered them word for word onto two felt stars with conductive thread that is connected back to a pad on the LilyPad Arduino programmed to represent a particular note. The interactive experience is brought to life with a crocodile clip stylus that touches embroidered words sewn in conductive thread, which in turn plays the note frequencies that I transposed from Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star on a tiny buzzer.

Sewing Twinkle Tartiflette Twinkle Tartiflette & RainTesting resistance with a multimeter

Below is a video I made of Twinkle Tartiflette in action!

This second video is an in-depth (05:40 mins) explanation of how I made TT, plus examples of debugging along the way - hope you enjoy!

Twinkle Tartiflette finished - note lots of tracks of conductive thread!

Twinkle Tartiflette finished