I have 2 1/2 octaves of chimes removed from a church organ. The chimes are approx. 24" to 72" in length. They are activated with an electro magnet that runs on 9v. I want to be able to play preset tunes on the chimes.
Using the Mega and an rtc (DS3231) I have written a program that chimes one note on the hour and the half hour, silenced at night and corrected from a 24 hour clock (ie chimes twice at 14:00).
I want to be able to have the chimes play songs on certain days of the year and certain times of the day. For example play Happy Birthday on my birthday, Stars and Stripes Forever on July 4th. Eventually maybe a total of 30 - 50 songs.
I believe that I can use MIDI files but I only need to extract the Noteon and Noteoff and pitch. However I have not been able to find example of folks using MIDI to play mechanical notes (as opposed to playing notes on a speaker).
So I would like suggestions on how to design this next part of the project. I think I can learn the coding once I have a clearer understanding of a reasonably elegant way to build the structure ( my last coding experience was with COBAL on punch cards in the very early 80's). I am loving the Verify button.