Play your favorite tune with a microcontroller

The tune of a song is made of various musical notes. Each note is played for a certain duration and there is a certain time gap between two successive notes. If the notes (frequencies) and the timing information are known, a microcontroller can be programmed to play the tune. This projects describes how to play the “Happy Birthday” tune with a PIC microcontroller.

There are only two components used: a PIC12F683 microcontroller and a piezo buzzer. The microcontroller runs with a 4 MHz internal clock. Due to its high impedance the piezo buzzer can be driven directly from a PIC I/O pin. The author also provides the demo program written in MikroC which can be easily modified to play any other tunes. You can find the frequencies of various musical notes here.