ICM: Musical Fireflies


Working Draft

things to sift through:

  • Creating a chord verses one note at a time // polyphonic
    – how to have notes stack on top of one another / play in accumulating method to create a chord verses one at a time


  • Displaying Musical Note Letter
    – how to have the note name display when firefly is clicked


  • Limiting caught firefly  XY values to jar how to restrict x,y inital values of fireflies to be out of jar // (sometimes loads over it?)

Potential Buttons: 

  1. Creating a “Release Fireflies” button (clear from jar)
  2. Arpeggio mode? where it cycles through the noteFrequency array in order
  3. “Listen to Collection” button (plays back through an array of pushed “clicked on” firefly notes”



After diving through some open datasets for bird migrations, I decided it would be better to go for idea #2 of musical fireflies first, and revisit the bird migration study another time in the near future. I thought it would be fun to create a chord building experience, where with each firefly you catch (mouseClicked), the firefly enters the jar and plays a note (like middle C). Collect 3 to build a chord (C,E,G).

I’m looking at using either Boolean Logic (is the firefly in or out of the jar for tone to play) or maybe splicing and pushing between 2 arrays?



Used a website called Physics of Music Notes to help me know what frequency to use for the p5.js sound library Oscillator. Once the interaction is set,  Maybe in a 2.0 version can try tone.js? It was fun sifting through their different demos ❤


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Thinking about Arrays  / Revisiting Coding train videos:

3.4 – Boolean Logic

6.2 – Classes in Javascript

7.4 – Mouse Interaction w/ Objects – p5.js

7.5 – Removing Objects from Arrays 

Helpful examples:


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