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MIDI-Controlled Intellivoice Synth

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Mattel Electronics presents… It’s been a long time since I started this project, but I’ve finally got my Intellivoice Synth running. Since last time, I added MIDI control and transferred things to a smaller circuit board (and Arduino) in order to fit everything back in the original case. So what does this little synth do? […]

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MIDI-Controlled Sega Genesis Video-Glitch – Part 2

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Continuing my Sega Genesis Project, now that I’ve got the video in a form my TV can understand, time to start messing with things. Repeating my disclaimer: Messing with things plugged into an outlet is dangerous! I’m only doing this because the Genesis has an adapter that converts the voltage to 10V DC long before […]

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Custom “Pro Sound” Game Boys

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Since the winter break, I’ve been tinkering around with some chiptune projects, and I’ve got quite caught up in the simultaneous progressive and regressive sound design of composing with chips of the 1980s and 90s. Perhaps its a stretch, but I believe this kind of cultural re-appropriation as directly akin to drawing influences from outside […]

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SN76489 Chip-Based Synthesizer

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Over the break, I took some time to put together an arduino-driven synth from this “instructable” by Brian Peters. Yeah, inside the radio case This is a synthesizer made from four SN76489 chips. These chips appeared as a cheap audio solution in a number of old computers and game consoles, including the ColecoVision, NeoGeo Pocket, […]

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RCA Output on a Super Game Boy

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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 […]

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Game Boy Music: LSDJ

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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 […]

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Nightmare Boombox

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Over the winter break from teaching, I’ve been spending some time exploring “Lo Fi” music and culture. I’ve always been interested in circuit-bending and chiptune (more on this later) particularly because of the DIY aspects of this mode of music creation. Of course, I can’t help but feel conflicted because I’ve spent a significant amount […]