LED Ukulele!! And a fun video shot & created by the increasingly awesome cinematographer Darrell St. Blaine. And of course there’s a tutorial: https://learn.adafruit.com/light-up-reactive-ukulele/
I have wanted Mermaid Glimmer photo-drone footage since.. well, since I built her 8 years ago. Even after dragging her all around the world and working with several amazing pro photographers it just never happened. Finally this past week we dug in, suited up, and got some epic drone shots!
It involved three nights of shooting, a whole can of bug spray, and an afternoon of shoveling literal shit.. for like 10 seconds of epic video.. but I’m super happy with the results.. and I want to do MORE!!! (so watch out babe, we’ve leveled up..)
Ukuleles are little joy machines. They’re easy to play, portable, light, and really inexpensive – you can get a fairly good sounding one for around $40-$50. This clear plastic ukulele from Kala simply begs to be upgraded with rainbow lights. Engineer an over-the top tacky Tiki musical experience for your audience at your next luau. This LED ukulele goes even further, with loads of customizable animations and a sound reactive mode. Match your animation playlist with your song repertoire, and bring the music to life as your uke pulses along with your strumming. We’ve also used the FFT capabilities of our hardware to add note-sensing to this project. Change animation modes or turn sound reactive mode on or off just by plucking a particular note on your instrument fretboard. And just for giggles, we’ve added a Guitar-Hero-style “Rockstar tilt” mode — tilt the neck of your ukulele up during your big finish to trigger a colorful lightning animation. This ukulele is maika’i loa! (That’s Hawaiian for awesome..)