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Handmade electronic music : the art of hardware hacking

Author: Nicolas Collins
Publisher: New York : Routledge, 2006.
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Designed for practitioners and students of electronic music, installation, and sound art, this is an introduction to the craft of making and creatively cannibalizing electronic circuits for artistic  Read more...

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Genre/Form: CD-ROM
Ratgeber
Amateurs' manuals
Manuels d'amateurs
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Nicolas Collins
ISBN: 9780415975926 0415975913 9780415975919 0415975921
OCLC Number: 62172739
Description: xv, 245 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm + 1 CD-ROM (4 3/4 in.)
Contents: pt. I. Starting --
1. Getting started : tools and materials needed --
2. The seven basic rules of hacking : general advice --
pt. II. Listening --
3. Circuit sniffing : using radios and coils to eavesdrop on hidden electromagnetic music --
Mortal coils --
4. In/out (the eighth rule of hacking) : speaker as microphone, microphone as speaker, the symmetry of it all --
5. The celebrated jumping speaker of Bowers County : twitching loudspeakers with batteries --
6. How to solder : an essential skill --
7. How to make a contact mike : using piezo disks to pick up tiny sounds --
John Cage, the father of invention --
Piezo music --
8. Turn your tiny wall into a speaker (or how to make a piezo driver) : resonating objects with piezo disks, transformers, and motors --
David Tudor and Rainforest --
Drivers --
9. Tape heads : playing credit cards --
Tape --
10. A simple air mike : heap condenser mike elements make great microphones. pt. III. Touching --
11. Laying of hands I (St. Vitus' dance) : transforming a portable radio into a synthesizer by making your skin part of the circuit --
The cracklebox --
12. Tickle the clock (laying of hands II) : finding the clock circuit in toys --
13. Hack the clock (learn a new alphabet) : changing the clock speed for cool new noises --
14. Ohm's law for dummies : how to understand resistors --
Composing inside electronics --
15. Beyond the pot : photoresistors, pressure pads, and other ways to control and play your toy --
Circuit bending --
16. Switches : how to understand different switches, and even make your own --
17. Jack, batt, and pack : finishing touches : powering and packaging your hacked toy --
pt. IV. Building --
18. The world's simplest oscillator : six oscillators on a twenty-cent chip, guaranteed to work --
19. From breadboard to circuit board : how to solder up your first homemade circuit --
20. More oscillators : oscillators that modulate each other --
21. Even more oscillators : dividers, feedback loops, and instability; using oscillators as clocks for toys --
22. On/off (more fun with photoresistors) : gating, ducking, tremolo, and panning --
23. Amplification and distortion : a simple circuit that goes from clean preamp to total distortion --
24. Analog to digital conversion, sort of : modulating other audio sources with your oscillators. pt. V. Looking --
25. Video music/music video : translating video signals into sound, hacking cheap camera circuits, and extracting sounds from remote controls --
Visual music --
26. LCD art : making animated modern daguerreotypes and alternative video projectors --
pt. VI. Finishing --
27. Mixers, matrices, and processing : very simple, very cheap, very clean mixers, and ways of configuring lots of circuits --
28. A little power amplifier : cheap and simple --
29. Analog to digital conversion, really : connecting sensors to computers using game controllers --
The luthiers --
30. Power supplies : if you must, here's how to plug into the wall with minimal risk --
Appendices --
A. Resources --
B. References and notes : who's who and what's what --
C. Tools and materials needed --
D. The rules of hacking --
E. Notes for the audio CD --
F. Illustration credits.
Responsibility: Nicolas Collins ; illustrated by Simon Lonergan.
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