Handmade Electronic Music: The Art of Hardware Hacking

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Taylor & Francis, 2006 - Music - 245 pages
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Handmade Electronic Music: The Art of Hardware Hacking provides a long-needed, practical, and engaging introduction for students of electronic music, installation and sound-art to the craft of making--as well as creatively cannibalizing--electronic circuits for artistic purposes. Designed for practioners and students of electronic art, it provides a guided tour through the world of electronics, encouraging artists to get to know the inner workings of basic electronic devices so they can creatively use them for their own ends.
Handmade Electronic Music introduces the basic of practical circuitry while instructing the student in basic electronic principles, always from the practical point of view of an artist. It teaches a style of intuitive and sensual experimentation that has been lost in this day of prefabricated electronic musical instruments whose inner workings are not open to experimentation. It encourages artists to transcend their fear of electronic technology to launch themselves into the pleasure of working creatively with all kinds of analog circuitry.
 

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TOOLS AND MATERIALS NEEDED
3
GENERAL ADVICE
7
LISTENING
9
USING RADIOS AND COILS TO EAVESDROP ON HIKKEN ELECTROMAGNETIC MUSIC
11
SPEAKER AS MICROPHONE MICROPHONE AS SPEAKERTHE SYMMETRY OF IT ALL
17
TWITCHING LOUDSPEAKERS WITH BATTERIES
19
AN ESSENTIAL SKILL
23
USING PIEZO DISKS TO PICK UP TINY SOUNDS
27
OSCILLATORS THAT MODULATE EACH OTHER
129
DIVIDERS FEEDBACK LOOPS AND INSTABILITY USING OSCILLATORS AS CLOCKS FOR TOYS
135
GATING DUCKING TREMOLO AND PANNING
141
A SIMPLE CIRCUIT THAT GOES FROM CLEAN PREAMP TO TOTAL DISTORTION
151
MODULATING OTHER AUDIO SOURCES WITH YOUR OSCILLATORS
157
LOOKING
161
TRANSLATING VIDEO SIGNALS INTO SOUND HACKING CHEAP CAMERA CIRCUITS AND EXTRACTING SOUNDS FROM REMOTE CON...
163
MAKING ANIMATED MODERN DAGUERROTYPES AND ALTERNATIVE VIDEO PROJECTORS
173

RESONATING OBJECTS WITH PIEZO DISKS TRANSFORMERS AND MOTORS
37
PLAYING CREDIT CARDS
47
CHEAP CONDENSER MIKE ELEMENTS MAKE GREAT MICROPHONES
53
TOUCHING
57
TRANSFORMING A PORTABLE RADIO INTO A SYNTHESIZER BY MAKING YOUR SKIN PART OF THE CIRCUIT
59
FINDING THE CLOCK CIRCUIT IN TOYS
65
CHANGING THE CLOCK SPEED FOR COOL NEW NOISES
71
HOW TO UNDERSTAND RESISTORS
77
PHOTOESISTORS PRESSURE PADS AND OTHER WAYS TO CONTROL AND PLAY YOUR TOY
83
HOW TO UNDERSTAND DIFFERENT SWITCHES AND EVEN MAKE YOUR OWN
97
FINISHING TOUCHES POWERING AND PACKAGING YOUR HACKED TOY
101
BUILDING
109
SIX OSCILLATORS ON A TWENTYCENT CHIP GUARANTEED TO WORK
111
HOW TO SOLDER UP YOUR FIRST HOMEMADE CIRCUIT
123
FINISHING
177
VERY SIMPLE VERY CHEAP VERY CLEAN MIXERS AND WAYS OF CONFIGURING LOTS OF CIRCUITS
179
CHEAP AND SIMPLE
187
CONNECTING SENSORS TO COMPUTERS USING GAME CONTROLLERS
191
IF YOU MUST HERES HOW TO PLUG INTO THE WALL WITH MINIMAL RISK
203
RESOURCES
211
REFERENCES AND NOTES WHOS WHO AND WHATS WHAT
215
TOOLS AND MATERIALS NEEDED
221
THE RULES OF HACKING
225
NOTES ON THE AUDIO CD
227
ILLUSTRATION CREDITS
233
INDEX
235
Back cover
247
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