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Collins, Nicolas
Handmade electronic music : the art of hardware hacking / Nicolas Collins ; illustrated by Simon Lonergan
2nd ed
New York : Routledge, c2009
book jacket
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Subject(s) Electronic apparatus and appliances -- Design and construction -- Amateurs' manuals
Electronic musical instruments -- Construction
Physical Description xviii, 340 p. : ill. ; 26 cm. + 1 DVD-ROM (4 3/4 in.)
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. [317]-327) and index
Incomplete Contents [v.1.] text -- [v.2.] DVD
Contents Foreword / David Behrman -- pt. 1. Starting. Getting started : tools and materials needed -- The seven basic rules of hacking : general advice
Note 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
Note - System Details DVD can be viewed on any DVD player or computer. When viewing on a television, make sure the aspect ratio is set to 4:3, or the image will appear distorted

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