Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Goyte - "Sombody that I used to know" as I had never heard it before.

I was never a big fan of fair ground organs, somehow they seemed a bit too limited and the tunes all sounded the same. A bit like home keyboards in the 1990s really.
Having said that this video reminds me of the very things I didn't like and in many ways it is even more limited, but I absolutely love it.
The instruments are an ingenious combination of mechanical devices and old Amiga computer. It is easy to see how this stuff was put together, but it must have been several weeks, if not months of work. I would have probably ended up going over the top and making everything midi controlled so I could trigger it from a keyboard, or going right over the top, sampling it and missing the whole point. My hat goes of to him, I would drift of track long before completing it. Perhaps I should have another look at those fairground organs after all, I mean a few servos, a PIC, and a midi interface. I mean how hard can it be?

And on that bombshell, over to somebody who knows how hard it can be : "HP Scanjet 3C as the vocals. It lags a bit due to the fast paced vocals. In order for the stepper motor to play a note it has to be moving and with that large carriage it takes a few milli seconds before it can play a note. It doesn't sound like a lot of time but stretch that over a 4 minute song and voila...out of sync. Programming does help to compensate but it is not perfect.
Amiga 600 Bass on left audio output and Guitar on right audio output
Each audio channel was feed into an oscilloscope
2 Harddrives as the drums and cymbal
Xylophone as the Xylophone (duh) my apologies glockenspiel
Both the Harddrive and Xylophone are controlled by one PIC16F84A mircocontroller"

Thanks to Makezine for pointing me to this one.

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