Theremug recipe

Instructions for turning a mug of tea into a Theremin:

1 Prepare some tea
2 Expose the L/R leads on an 1/8" cable
3 Immerse leads in tea
4 Plug cable into audio input
5 Start up max/pd/processing/etc. and average every 735 samples (882 if you're in Europe/running on 50Hz)
6 Scale value and drive oscillator

(The tea should not be neglected, be sure to drink it once you're done making noise.)

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And this is one of coolest things I've read!
really cool. fortissimo!
Isn't this dangerous? be still cool.
no danger don't worry, it's a little enjoying experiment:)
This is amazing!
you've left out some essential information necessary for replication.
1 Prepare some tea
- This step is not a problem, the instructions are on the bag or in a cookbook.
- The next 3 steps could be problematic:
2 Expose the L/R leads on an 1/8" cable
3 Immerse leads in tea
4 Plug cable into audio input
- From viewing the video, we can see that the 1/8" refers to the thickness of the wire, and apparently the other end will have a stereo plug that goes into a device of some sort. You don't mention whether it is a computer audio recording software device or just an audio amplifier (stereo tuner?), or something else.
- Your hands obscure the placement of the leads into the tea, but we assume both wires are in the liquid.
- Again, the device the cable is plugged into is off screen and is not described so we don't know what it is - which makes it difficult to replicate.
5 Start up max/pd/processing/etc. and average every 735 samples (882 if you're in Europe/running on 50Hz)
6 Scale value and drive oscillator
- right. What specific amplifier are you using and do I need to use the same one or will this work with any old amplifier device?
- does the liquid have to be warm? will coffee work? tepid tea? lemon juice? water? does it have to be acidic or alkaline in ph?

This is a cute little trick, but you could improve your written instructions so that others might be able to actually build their own little theremugs.

thanks Robert:)
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