Date Thesis Awarded


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Degree Name

Bachelors of Science (BS)




Ran Yang

Committee Members

William Cooke

Lee Kirkpatrick


Music is frequently used to convey emotions and conditions that are otherwise difficult to explain. For many music creators, audio effects play a large role in giving instruments different expressive qualities. This paper presents a slate of audio effects (tone control, tremolo, vibrato, octave-up, and distortion) with sensor-driven parameter controls that allow a user to play music sculpted by environmental characteristics (light, wind, humidity, and temperature). These effects are: light-dependent tone control, wind-dependent tremolo, humidity-dependent vibrato, and temperature-dependent octave-up/distortion. By plugging an electric instrument (e.g., electric guitar or keyboard) into the effects units, a musician is given the ability to sonically convey the state of their surrounding environment.

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