Tea cup theremin

Hardware modding can take you to some strange places: sometimes, you think of really useful improvements to your most practical devices. Other times, you turn a cup of tea into a theremin. This is true at least for [Kyle McDonald], who immersed the L/R leads of an 1/8″ cable in a cup of tea, and connected it to a computer running Max/MSP with a special patch. The result is a working, miniature theremin you can drink after you’re done playing. This process should work with any liquid, so feel free to use beer, cola, water, or anything you think will taste better after you’ve run a small charge through it.

[via Matrixsynth]


  1. Tired_ says:

    Can we put the long, dangly bit into a substance almost, but not quite, entirely unlike tea?

  2. wow, kyle’s a good friend. i will email him to provide more details. kyle you rock.


  3. Red says:

    In reference to tired_’s comment:

    Share and Enjoy!

  4. spiderwebby says:

    infinate improbability theremin?

  5. Paul says:

    So long, and thanks for all the fish.

  6. ex-parrot says:

    I’m dubious of this… what’s it doing, picking up the 50hz hum? What does the tea have to do with it?

  7. ex-parrot: Yes, the 50/60 Hz mains hum is what’s being capacitively coupled to the tea cup via your hand. Try it yourself by averaging every 765 samples at 44.1 kHz.

  8. EdZ says:

    Theramin, or the logic circuits of a Brambleweeny 57 Sub-Meson Brain?

  9. Kaj says:

    A good Brownian motion generator can help with any scientific endeavor!

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