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Handmade Electronic Music The Art of Hardware Hacking

ISBN-10: 0415975921
ISBN-13: 9780415975926
Edition: 2006
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Description: Handmade Electronic Music: The Art of Hardware Hackingprovides 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 4/4/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 264
Size: 7.25" wide x 10.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

Handmade Electronic Music: The Art of Hardware Hackingprovides 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. HandmadeElectronic Musicintroduces 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 launchthemselves into the pleasure of working creatively with all kinds of analog circuitry.

Table of Contents
Starting Acknowledgements Forward
Introduction
Getting Started Tools and materials needed
The Seven Basic Rules of Hacking General advice
Listening
Circuit Sniffing Using radios and coils to eavesdrop on hidden electromagnetic music
Sidebar #1: Mortal Coils
In /Out Speaker as microphone, microphone as speaker - 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
Sidebar #2: John Cage - The Father of Invention
Sidebar #3: Piezo Music
Turn You Tiny Wall Into a Speaker Resonating objects with piezo disks, transformers and motors
Sidebar #4: David Tudor and Rainforest
Sidebar #5: Drivers
Tape Heads Playing credit cards with hand-held tape heads
Sidebar #6: Tape
A Simple Air Mike Cheap condenser mike elements make great microphones
Touching
Laying of Hands Transforming a portable radio into a synthesizer by making your skin part of the circuit
Sidebar #7: The Crackle Box
Tickle the Clock Finding the clock circuit in toys
Hack the Clock Changing the clock speed for cool new noises
Sidebar #8: Composing Inside Electronics
Ohm 's Law for Dummies How to understand resistors
Beyond the Pot Photocells, pressure pads, and other ways to control and play your toy
Sidebar #9: Circuit Bending
Switches How to understand different switches, and even make your own
Jack , Batt & Pack Finishing touches: powering and packaging your hacked toy
Building
World '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
Looking
Video Music/Music Video Translating video signals into sound, hacking cheap camera circuits, and extracting sounds from remote controls
LCD Art Making animated modern daguerreotypes and alternative video projectors
Sidebar #10: Visual Music
Finishing
Mixers , Matrices and Processing Very simple, very cheap, very clean mixers, and ways of configuring lots of circuits
A Little Power Amplifier A cheap & simple amplifier
Analog to Digital Conversion, Really Connecting sensors to computers using game controllers
Sidebar #11: The Luthiers
Power Supplies If you must, here's how to plug into the wall with minimal risk
Appendices
Resources Where to find information and materials
References and Notes
Inventory What you need to do the projects in this book
The Rules of Hacking and the Laws of the Avant Garde A recapitulation
Notes for the audio CD
Illustration Credits

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