By Seth Glickman, Melanie Kim, and Elliot Yokum
A closer look (without a million people):
The accompanying music and the appropriate Max patch were composed by Seth, the individual notes on the pentatonic scale were produced by Elliot, and most of the visual elements were designed by Melanie. All of us did the wiring and circuitry.
Our controller was a Makey Makey. We used a combination of alligator clips and (lots and lots of) conductive tape to connect the Makey Makey to each of the five “altars.” The symbols on the altars were drawn with invisible blacklight ink pen on construction paper. Whenever a person touched the two tapes on either side of the symbol at the same time, they would complete the circuit, triggering the unique musical note and the light attached to it through Max. The light would be fluctuating from a color to blacklight, which would reveal the symbol on the paper.
Early concepts and tests for Makey Makey, control scheme, and the symbols: