4. Music

The passive buzzer built on the mPython board, its sound is mainly generated by the different levels of pulse signals. The frequency of the sound is controllable, different frequency to emit different tone, thus produce different sound effect of “duō lái mǐ fā suǒ lā xī”.

4.1. Melody pre-installed

The list of melodies included in mPython Board is as follows:

  • music.DADADADUM
  • music.PRELUDE
  • music.ODE
  • music.NYAN
  • music.RINGTONE
  • music.FUNK
  • music.BLUES
  • music.BIRTHDAY
  • music.WEDDING
  • music.FUNERAL
  • music.PUNCHLINE
  • music.PYTHON
  • music.BADDY
  • music.CHASE
  • music.BA_DING
  • music.WAWAWAWAA
  • music.JUMP_UP
  • music.JUMP_DOWN
  • music.POWER_UP
  • music.POWER_DOWN

To play these melodies:

import music



music.BIRTHDAY refers to the name of the built-in melody, if you want to play other melody, just replace music.BIRTHDAY with the melody you want to play.

In addition to the melodies list, you can also compose your own music.

4.2. Compose your own music

Set the tone to cumpose your own music.

import music

tune = ["C4:4", "D4:4", "E4:4", "C4:4", "C4:4", "D4:4", "E4:4", "C4:4",
        "E4:4", "F4:4", "G4:8", "E4:4", "F4:4", "G4:8"]

Each note has a name (such as C # or F), an octave and a duration. The octave is represented by a number ~ 0 means the lowest octave, 4 means the central C, and 8 means the height you need. The duration is also expressed as a number. The higher the duration value, the longer the duration. For example, duration 4 will last twice as long as duration 2 (and so on). Each note is represented as a string of characters, as shown below:


For example, C4:4 refers to the note “C”,in octave 4 and lasts 4 scales. If the note name R is used, it is regarded as resting (silent).

4.3. Frequency

You can also make some non-note tones through the frequency setting. For example, creating a siren effect:

import music

while True:
    for freq in range(880, 1760, 16):
        music.pitch(freq, 50)
    for freq in range(1760, 880, -16):

How to use the music.pitch method in this example, it needs a frequency. The range function is used to generate a numerical range. These numbers are used to define the pitch. The range function has three parameters, which are the start value, end value, and step size. Therefore, the first use of range was “to create a number range between 880 and 1760 in steps of 16”; The second time is to create a series of values between 1760 and 880 in “-16” steps with a sustained frequency of 20 ms. Therefore, a siren effect is due to the ascending and descending frequency.