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17 FEBRUARY 2015

A useless box on speed

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Atmel ATmega8box • broken • Canon printer • computer printerdeviceDIY • electromechanical box • flip switch • frivolous engineering • hardware hackingobsolete technologyprint headschematic diagram • switch • switches • technology repurposingtechnology tinkeringuseless box • useless machine • useless machineswhimsical interactions

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Simon Perkins
21 FEBRUARY 2014

MIDIDesaster plays Duke Nukem 64 intro on a dot matrix printer

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Atmel ATmega8circuit boardcomputer controlled musical instrumentcomputer printer • dot matrix printer • Duke Nukem • Duke Nukem 64 • Eye of the Tiger (1982) • Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) • Hysteria (2003) • impact matrix printer • MIDI • MIDIDesaster • music making technology • paper feed • print head • printer synth • Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) • sound generatorstepper motortechnology repurposingtheme musicuseless machinesWallace and Gromit

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Simon Perkins
08 FEBRUARY 2014

Arduino controlled floppy drives play Somebody That I Used To Know

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Arduino • Arduino UNO • computer controlled musical instrument • controller programme • device • disk drive • floppy disk drive music • floppy disk drive orchestra • floppy drive • floppy music • Gigawipf • JavaMIDI • Moppy • music for floppy drivesmusic making technology • M_usical Fl_oppy • read/write headsSomebody That I Used To Know (song)technology repurposinguseless machineswhimsical interactions

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Simon Perkins
21 JUNE 2013

1980s chiptune easter egg rediscovered in NZ washing machines

"Twenty years of patriotism on the part of Fisher & Paykel has been revealed thanks to a viral social media video that shows its washing machines can play the national anthem. A video posted on YouTube by a woman on Tuesday has received more than 165,000 hits. The woman explains how to make the washing machine play the New Zealand national anthem.

Fisher & Paykel marketing manager Sonya Aitken said the machines, which can also play the United States and Australian anthems, were programmed to play tunes by the company's engineers for demonstration purposes. ... While the singing machines were used to draw customers' attention in stores 20 years ago, it was no longer part of sales techniques, so the feature had essentially been forgotten and then rediscovered, she said."

(Laura Walters, 21/06/2013, Fairfax NZ News)

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1980s8-bit • Advance Australia Fair • anthem • Aotearoa New ZealandAustralia • Beverly Hills Cop (1984) • chiptunecultural significance of objectsdigital archaeologydigital artefactsdomestic material objecteaster egg • Fisher and Paykel • God Defend New Zealand • hidden feature • Home of the Brave • how to do thingsmusic making technology • national anthem • obsolescenceordinary manufactured objectoutgrownpatriotism • power surge • rediscoveredremainderremains of the past • sales technique • social media • Sonya Aitken • tune • United Statesuseless machinesviral video • washing machine • what is left of the pastwhimsical interactions

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Simon Perkins
27 NOVEMBER 2012

Technological advances expand the artist's expressive vocabulary

Exhibition: "Bruno Munari: My Futurist Past", Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art, 39A Canonbury Square, London, N1 2AN, From 19 September 2012 to 23 December 2012.

Bruno Munari was a "founding member of the Movimento Arte Concreta (M.A.C.) in Milan, which was established towards the end of the 1940s. This acted as a catalyst for new developments in Italian abstraction, and aspired to bring about a 'synthesis of arts' in which traditional painting would be complemented by new tools of communication, demonstrating the possibility of a convergence of art and technology, creativity and functionality. Reflecting his belief that technological advances expanded the artist's expressive vocabulary, by 1950 Munari had begun to experiment with creating works by means of projecting light through compositions made from a wide range of materials such as coloured and transparent plastic, organic elements and Polaroid filters, producing beautiful and intriguing images of vast dimensions."

(Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art, 2012)

Fig.1 Bruno Munari, Aeroplanes and Archers, 1932, mixed media, 34.8 x 24.8cms Courtesy Massimo & Sonia Cirulli Archive

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19071998artart and technologyartistBruno Munaricolour and lightConstructivist-inspiredconvergence • creativity and functionality • exhibitionexpressive vocabularyFuturism (art movement) • Futurist past • hanging mobile • hanging objects • Italian • Italian abstraction • Italian art • Milanmobilesmodernist tradition • Movimento Arte Concreta • new tools of communication • photomontagesculpturespatial environments • synthesis of arts • technological advances • transparent plastic • uncritical attitude towards progress • use of space • useless machinesworking across disciplines • working across media

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Simon Perkins
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