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Shock the monkey: Sensor-equipped sock monkey changes its tune as it twists and contorts.

Photography by Peter Kirn

MIDI CONTROLLER MONKEY

A/V monkeyshines with flex sensors and a MIDIsense board.

By Peter Kirn

Who said input devices have to be hard and mechanical? Here’s one that’s as soft, bendable, and easy to play with as a plush toy. In my MIDI primer (MAKE, Volume 07, page 158, “MIDI Control”), we saw how to use the MIDI data specification, originally designed for music, to interconnect both musical and non-musical hardware and software. Now, we’ll use this approach to construct a sock monkey instrument you can use to control visuals and ...

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