Handmade electronic music : the art of hardware hacking / Nicolas Collins ; illustrated by Simon Lonergan

Author(s): Collins, Nicolas
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Subjects: Electronic apparatus and appliances--Design and construction--Amateurs' manuals
Electronic musical instruments--Construction
Formats: Print
Material Type: Books
Language: English
Audience: Unspecified
Edition: 2nd ed
Published: New York : Routledge, 2009
LC Classification: T, TK
Physical Description: xviii, 340 p. : ill. ; 26 cm. + 1 DVD-ROM (4 3/4 in.)
Table of Contents: Foreword to First Edition / David Behrman
Pt. I. Starting 1
Pt. II. Listening 9
Pt. III. Touching 71
Pt. IV. Building 127
Pt. V. Looking 211
Pt. VI. Finishing 233
A. Resources 297
B. Tools and Materials Needed 301
C. The Rules of Hacking 306
D. Notes for the DVD 308
Notes and References 317
Illustration Credits 328
Index 331
Notes: LCCN: 2008040865
ISBN: 9780415996099 (hbk.)
ISBN: 0415996090 (hbk.)
ISBN: 9780415998734 (pbk.)
ISBN: 0415998735 (pbk.)
ISBN: 9780203879627 (e-book)
ISBN: 0203879627 (e-book)
Includes bibliographical references (p. [317]-327) and index
Contents: Foreword / David Behrman -- pt. 1. Starting. Getting started : tools and materials needed -- The seven basic rules of hacking : general advice
pt. 2. Listening. Circuit sniffing : eavesdropping on hidden electromagnetic music (Art & music 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 (Art & music 2, John Cage--the father of invention; Art & music 3, piezo music) -- Turn you tiny wall into a speaker : resonating objects with piezo disks, transformers, motors, and more (Art & music 4, David Tudor and "Rainforest"; Art & music 5, drivers) -- Tape heads : playing your credit cards (Art & music 6, tape) -- A simple air mike : cheap condenser mike elements make great microphones
pt. 3. Touching. Laying of hands : transforming a portable radio into a synthesizer by making your skin part of the circuit (Art & music 7, the cracklebox) -- Tickle the clock : finding the clock circuit in toys -- Hack the clock : changing the clock speed for cool new noises -- Ohm's law for dummies : how to understand resistors (Art & music 8, composing inside electronics) -- Beyond the pot : photocells, pressure pads, and other ways to control and play your toy Art & music 9, circuit bending) -- Switches : how to understand different switches, and even make your own -- Jack, batt, and pack : powering and packaging your hacked toy
pt. 4. Building. The world's simplest circuit : six oscillators on a chip, guaranteed to work -- From breadboard to circuit board : how to solder up your first circuit -- Getting messy : oscillators that modulate each other, feedback loops, theremins, tone controls, instability, clocks for toys, crickets -- On/off (more fun with photoresistors) : gating, ducking, tremolo, and panning -- Amplification and distortion : a simple circuit that goes from clean preamp to total distortion, and an envelope follower -- Analog to digital conversion, sort of--modulating other audio sources with your circuits, pitch tracking, and sequencers
pt. 5. Looking. Video music/music video : translating video signals into sound, hacking cheap camera circuits, and extracting sounds from remote controls (Art & music 10, visual music) -- LCD art : making animated modern daguerreotypes and alternative video projectors
pt. 6.Finishing. Mixers, matrices and processing : very simple, very cheap, very clean mixers, and ways of configuring lots of circuits -- A little power amplifier : cheap and simple -- Analog to digital conversion, really : connecting sensors to computers using game controllers (Art & music 11, the luthiers ) -- Power supplies : carbon footprints from AA to EEE -- The future is now
Appendices A, Resources -- B, Tools and materials needed -- C, The rules of hacking -- D, Notes for the DVD
DVD-ROM accompanying this book is shelved in the Music Desk Cabinet
OCLC Number: 255142630
ISBN/ISSN: 9780415996099