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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
06 JANUARY 2013

Machines replace humans: heavy metal robot 3-piece

"I'm impressed with Compressorhead – the three–piece robot band (three and a half if you count the little robot who drives one of the cymbals). I went to their website to see if I could discern the origins of the project, DIY, corporate, academic, or whatever and couldn't really find anything on the makers. Then I tracked down the drummer. Stickboy was created by Robocross Machines and a whimsical roboticist named Frank Barnes. ... Reminds me of the Survival Research Labs robot machines, built for public performance and disturbance."

(Maxwell Schnurer, 5 January 2013, Life of refinement)

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3-piece band • AC/DC • Ace of Spades • androidautomateautomationband • Compressorhead • computer controlled musical instrumentcybernetic artcymbals • disturbance • drummereffigyengineering • Frank Barnes • futuristic machinesGermanheavy metalhi-hathumanoid automatonindustrialisationkinetic automatonmachineman machinemechanism • metal band • MIDI • mohawke • Motorhead • musical instrumentplay • public performance • Robocross Machines • robot • robot band • robot machinesroboticrobotic artroboticistsimulationspeculative design • Stickboy • Survival Research Labs • TNT • whimsicalwhimsical interactions

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Simon Perkins
24 FEBRUARY 2004

Musical Instruments and Automats: Autosax

"This instrument is a computer controlled acoustical saxophone. The instrument can be played by standard MIDI commands, but it is also capable of producing a wealth of multiphonics, slaptongues and other special effects. The sound production is realized through an acoustical but computer controlled reed mechanism using a compressor for the wind supply and a fast regulating conical valve for expression control.

The lightbulbs –clearly visible on the picture– are not just a visual feature but serve as voltage dependent resistors in series with the solenoid valves controlling the keys, thus preventing overheating of the coils when many keys are opened and stay opened for a long time. Different and non standard fingerings can be applied, leading eventualy to multiphonics.

The instrument is controlled via MIDI. It uses 3 PIC microcontrollers, one of which is a DS type used for the reed control, the tuning and the intonation, the other ones taking care of the keys and the airpressure and compressor motor.

The normal note range is 48 to 81, but due the possibilities of the reed mechanism, we provided in an extended range in the low end, descending down to midi note 0. Of course users should not expect a realistic C–melody saxophone sound from this range. The sounds produced in this extended range are far too interesting to leave them out of the range of possibilities.

The development of this automated saxophone took us some 15 years and has known 3 different working realisations in its history. We are now, 2007, at version 3."
(Godfried–Willem Raes, 1991)

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automate • autosax • computer controlled musical instrument • Godfried-Willem Raes • MIDImusicmusical instrumentorganplayer piano • sax • saxophonesculpture • sonore • soundTheremin
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