I love this photo of Bartok I found on Composers Doing Normal S**t (warning: page title uncensored if you follow the link).
It’s especially enjoyable thinking that this photo was likely taken around the time he wrote this:
An inspiration to work on my string writing, parenting, and moustache.
Always looking for an excuse to open something up
For my latest “chiptune” project, I’ve put in some RCA jacks on my Super Game Boy.
Of course the Super Nintendo already has the possibility of a component out (via RCA jacks), but, since the Super Game Boy basically contains all the circuitry of the Game Boy, this mod bypasses the Super Nintendo altogether.
If you’re interested in trying this yourself, check out this instructable for step-by-step instructions.
Super Game Boy guts
Closed back up
So… Does it sound better? I don’t really know, and I don’t really have the time to set up a comparison, but this mod sure makes it easier to get sound to my mixer.
Here are a couple quick recordings of games I had lying around:
The thing I have to be careful of, though, is that the clock speed of the Super Game Boy (4.295 MHz) is 2.4% faster than the Game Boy (4.194 MHz). A minor change, certainly, but a significant one if I’m trying to keep my music in tune between different devices, and I’m switching between the SNES and a Game Boy.
…like the time I brought my NOPera to Germany, forgetting that Europeans don’t tune to A440.
Going through some of my old bookmarks, I came across this Guardian about classical music comedies and parodies:
10 of the best: Classical music comedies and parodies
It’s always good to remind ourselves that “serious” music doesn’t mean music devoid of humor.
Yeah, classical music–Why so serious?
Leonard Bernstein seems to agree.
Continuing my research into “Lo Fi” music culture (following my return to circuit bending), I picked myself up a copy of Johan Kotlinski’s Little Sound DJ, a tracker (sequencer, basically) that is a popular means of creating music on the Nintendo Game Boy.
While I get my land legs here, enjoy someone who knows what he’s doing:
I’m pleased to announce that the 2014 SEAMUS Electro-Acoustic Miniatures CD is now available, and the CD includes my new, very short fixed-media piece, Freighthopping.
CD available on CD Baby.