I built a machine that plays songs by popping bubble wrap. pic.twitter.com/43dTrxPPB7
— Simone Giertz (@SimoneGiertz) August 12, 2022
Popping bubble wrap is fun, but it’s also a force that can be controlled and distributed. The puff of air that comes from the popped bubble can be channeled into a tube, which will play a note. Grouped together these tubes form a pan flute. To play multiple notes in rapid succession, you need to mechanize this process like a music box with a barrel containing adjustable pegs to pop the bubbles precisely.
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That’s the concept stage. The implementation stage took much, much more effort because getting the bubbles to pop reliably and the sheet of bubble wrap to not become misaligned required a lot of redesign and precision engineering. You can see Giertz’s 15-minute build video here.
POLL: What should Giertz call this new musical genre?
- Bubble Pop
- Bubble Rap