Handmade Electronic Music: The Art of Hardware Hacking

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-04-13
  • Publisher: Routledge
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Handmade Electronic Music: The Art of Hardware Hacking provides a long-needed, practical, and engaging introduction to the craft of making - as well as creatively cannibalizing - electronic circuits for artistic purposes. With a sense of adventure and no prior knowledge, the reader can subvert the intentions designed into devices such as radios and toys to discover a new sonic world. At a time when computers dominate music production, this book offers a rare glimpse into the core technology of early live electronic music, as well as more recent developments at the hands of emerging artists. In addition to advice on hacking found electronics, the reader learns how to make contact microphones, pickups for electromagnetic fields, oscillators, distortion boxes, and unusual signal processors cheaply and quickly. This revised and expanded second edition is extensively illustrated and includes a DVD featuring eighty-seven video clips and twenty audio tracks by over one hundred hackers, benders, musicians, artists, and inventors from around the world, as well as thirteen video tutorials demonstrating projects in the book. Further enhancements include additional projects, photographs, diagrams, and illustrations.

Table of Contents

Foreword to Second Edition
Foreword to First Edition
Getting Started: Tools and Materials Needed
The Seven Basic Rules of Hacking: General Advice
Circuit Sniffing: Using Radios and Coils to Eavesdrop on Hidden Electromagnetic Music
Sidebar #1
In/Out (the Eighth Rule of Hacking): Speaker as Microphone, Microphone as SpeakerG++the Symmetry of it All
The Celebrated Jumping Speaker of Bowers County: Twitching Loudspeakers with Batteries
How to Solder: An Essential Skill
How to Make a Contact Mike: Using Piezo Disks to Pick Up Tiny Sounds
The Father of Invention
Piezo Music
Turn You Tiny Wall Into a Speaker (or How to Make a Piezo Driver): Resonating Objects with Piezo Disks, Transformers, and Motors
David Tudor and Rainforest
Tape Heads: Playing Credit Cards with Hand-Held Tape Heads
A Simple Air Mike: Cheap Condenser Mike Elements Make Great Microphones
Laying of Hands I (St. VitusG++ Dance): Transforming a Portable Radio into a Synthesizer by Making Your Skin Part of the Circuit
The Cracklebox
Tickle the Clock (Laying of Hands II): Finding the Clock Circuit in Toys
Hack the Clock (Learn a New Alphabet): Changing the Clock Speed for Cool New Noises
OhmG++s Law for Dummies: How to Understand Resistors
Composing Inside Electronics
Beyond the Pot: Photocells, Pressure Pads, and Other Ways to Control and Play Your Toy
Circuit Bending
Switches: How to Understand Different Switches, and Even Make Your Own
Jack, Batt, and Pack: Finishing Touches: Powering and Packaging Your Hacked Toy
WorldG++s Simplest Oscillator: Six Oscillators on a 20-Cent Chip, Guaranteed to Work
From Breadboard to Circuit Board: How to Solder Up Your First Homemade Circuit
More Oscillators: Oscillators That Modulate Each Other
Even More Oscillators: Dividers, Feedback Loops, and Instability
Using Oscillators as Clocks for Toys
On/Off: Gating, Ducking, Tremolo, and Panning
Amplification and Distortion: A Simple Circuit That Goes from Clean Preamp to Total Distortion
Analog to Digital Conversion, Sort Of: Modulating Other Audio Sources with Your Oscillators
Envelope Follower: Noise Gate, Ducker, Keyer, Compressor, Modulating Oscillator
Phase Locked Loops: Pitch Tracking & Transposition, Odd Outputs
Sequencer: Driving PLL Oscillator, Gating Signals
Video Music/Music Video: Translating Video Signals into Sound, Hacking Cheap Camera Circuits, and Extracting Sounds from Remote Controls
Visual Music
LCD Art: Making Animated Modern Daguerreotypes and Alternative Vid<$$$>
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