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Consumer Electronics Make Music

michael posted more than 10 years ago | from the kazoo dept.

Music 207

metoikos writes "Forget about hacking your Gameboy -- what about cat toys or Teddy Ruxpins? Any of these is fair game to a circuit bending hobbyist. Essentially, circuit bending is the art of making interesting noises come out of re-engineered consumer electronics, mostly toys. Bending recently came into the spotlight when a number of news organizations discovered the 2004 Bent Festival at New York's Tank. Derek Sajbel, a bender from California, is writing a book/doing a documentary on it." BishopBerkeley writes "Circuit bending has apparently been going on long enough among a large enough contingent of benders to merit a weeklong festival dedicated to bending circuits. The art is largely a process of making musical instruments by 'bending' the circuits of fairly common electronic instruments and gadgets. According to this article in the New York Times people have been making rather interesting music by modifying the strange toys with which a lot of us grew up. If you're near Manhattan, and you didn't know about the Bent Festival, then think about going. You can find more info at the official circuit bending web site."

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GNAA claims responsibility for Momfuck virus (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8822257)

GNAA claims responsibility for Momfuck virus.
By Horatio Brunswick

New York, NY - GNAA (Gay Nigger Association of America) The GNAA today claimed responsibility for the release of the devastating trojan Momfuck.1o1, which has caused an estimated 486 billion dollars US in lost productivity and unread penis enlargement offers.

In a drastic escalation of their widely criticized christmas island bombing campaign which has killed thousands of defenceless CI natives, the GNAA made vague threats last week in a "first post" on slashdot.org, a popular "news for trolls" website. In the post (not published here due to profanity and ascii nudity) the GNAA threatened the "Destruction of all internet" if net martyr http://www.goatse.cx was not immediately reinstated. Initally dismissed by self proclaimed security experts Cowboykneel and Linux Toreballs as a childish lark, the world was totally unprepared for the storm to come.

Momfuck.lol exploits three vulnerabilities within Linux's UPnP implementation: a remotely exploitable buffer overflow that allows an attacker gain SYSTEM level access to any default installation of Linux, a Denial of Service (DoS) attack, and a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack. Within hours of release, every backbone in the country had become infected with the virus, bringing the internet to a crashing halt. The DHS announced an orange alert when the virus spread to even such such remote non-countries as Canada and England, becomming a worldwide computer epidemic. The sequence of events that followed was devastating. ATMs in several states began routing funds from caucasian bank accounts into a GNAA controlled cayman islands account. Traffic lights in all major metropolitan areas malfunctioned, displaying pink rather than the standard red yellow and green configuration, causing unprecedented accidents and traffic delays. Radio stations ceased transmitting their standard programming and began a round the clock broadcast of a bootleg of the Village People's "YMCA" which was altered to "GNAA." Perhaps most horrifyingly, The FOX network's LOL sunday programming lineup was interrupted, and replaced by a graphic video of two men having anal sex, backed by the lyrics "Boom I got your boyfriend".


The FBI has fallen under heavy criticism for their failure to respond to the threat of the GNAA. The general public seems uwilling to accept their claims that the post was below their current threshold. The FBI's top cyber-security unit warned consumers and corporations Friday night to take new steps beyond those recommended by SCO Corp. to protect against hackers who might try to attack major flaws discovered in the newest version of Linux software, or to get a life, faggots. FBI Department head John Asscrotch is expected to resign in disgrace shortly.

What follows is a transcript of an actual internet relay chat conversation, with two individuals who seem to have been infected by momfuck.lol. It is my hope that this will help computer users to recognize and avoid the virus if encountered.


* Now talking in #eurotekken
* Topic is 'http://www.tekkenzaibatsu.com/forums/showthread.p hp?s=&postid=1527925#post1527925 : everyone give your 0.00c'
* Set by SirCane on Tue Apr 06 15:57:26
<l0de> "Mom, I can't sleep would you mind if I get in bed with you?
<l0de> I have virus!
<l0de> She was wearing a baby doll semi-see through nightie, and was embarrassed to let me in bed with her.
<subt-L> haha.. this is a fucking crazy virus..
<l0de> I can't type this fast!
<l0de> However she remembered how I had let her sleep with me when she needed to.
<l0de> Oh my god.
<l0de> "Sure John, it's a big bed," she said in an uncertain tone.
<l0de> "Mom, would you mind if I snuggle a little with you.
<l0de> I just feel kind of sad tonight, I need you close to me."
<l0de> I said; without waiting for an answer I pulled her tight against me.
<l0de> I kept grinding my crotch into her ass trying to get comfortable.
<Exygone> LOL, random flag in between
<l0de> My hands crept up to her breasts and began playing with them, lazily at first.
<Exygone> too good
<l0de> "John... JOHN what are you doing?
<l0de> This is giving me such a headache! I have to go to school in 3 hours and my term paper is not saved!
<subt-L> this is fucking insane..
<l0de> Stop that and go to sleep."
<subt-L> haha
<l0de> But I could not stop.
<neoKEN> jewish hacker. ho ho ho
<l0de> I pulled her nightie up and wet my finger.
<l0de> I then stuck it into her slightly moist pussy.
<l0de> "John listen to me, stop right now.
<l0de> This has to stop.
<neoKEN> go into command prompt
<l0de> You are my son, and we can't do this.
<Exygone> there it is again
<l0de> Please John don't do this to me."
<Exygone> hahaha
<neoKEN> type NETSTAT -o
<subt-L> don't click on irc links..
<l0de> I did stop then and sat up next to her.
<l0de> I pulled her into my lap and cupped her breasts in my hands while licking her ear.
<l0de> "Susan honey, we need to talk, we need to finish this.
<l0de> I told you a long time ago that I love you, that I need you.
<subt-L> good lesson to learn.
<l0de> I want to possess you utterly.
<l0de> I want you to give me your body, to make love to me.
<l0de> I have a tape mom.
<neoKEN> it will show u all the connection on your computer
<l0de> A tape of you raping me.
<l0de> I could blackmail you, send you to jail.
<l0de> neoken- I will never click another link again
<l0de> But that does not get me what I want.
<l0de> I don't just want you on Christmas, I don't want stolen kisses, or the occasional snuggle.
<neoKEN> save that in notepad.
<l0de> I want you to want me.
<l0de> To be hot and wild and passionate, and completely in love with me.
<l0de> I want to have the right to grab you and fuck you anytime I want, just like dad did.
<neoKEN> u will find your hacker :P
<l0de> I want to wake up to find you sucking on my cock just because you feel like it.
<l0de> Mom can you honestly say you don't want that too?
<l0de> Oh my god. NEoken, I hit start menu but it's not popping up!
<l0de> Can you honestly say that you can bear to have me walk out of your life forever?
<l0de> Because that is what I would have to do.
<c0m> so umm why doesnt someone kick dis do0d
<l0de> You are the woman I love, the only woman I have ever made love to.
<l0de> If I can't have you, I will have to go.
<l0de> All buttons on quicklaunch don't work
<l0de> If I am near you, I have to fuck you.
<l0de> It is as simple as that," I said as I wrote my name on her breasts with my finger.
<l0de> She was crying now, and I could smell her juices beginning to boil and drip out her pussy.
<insanelee> whoever bans this guy
<insanelee> i'm gonna ban you
<neoKEN> c0m: some people enjoy reading it. lol
<l0de> She laid back against my chest and I wrapped her in my arms.
<Exygone> c0m - because insanelee is reading the story
<subt-L> he
<l0de> "I don't want to lose you, I, I know that you are more than just a son to me.
<l0de> I am so scared though.
<l0de> Wanting you this way is wrong.
<l0de> I am your mother.
<l0de> I should not let you play with my tits, I should not want you to lick my pussy, or need you to fuck my ass but for some sick reason I do.
<l0de> I know I can't allow you to fuck me, I can't let you put that big slab of cock-meat inside me.
<l0de> If I do that, there is no turning back, you will own me.
<l0de> thank u insanelee
<insanelee> i like the panic in lodes voice/msgs also
<l0de> I will become addicted to your dick.
<l0de> Oh god, what am I going to do.
<subt-L> this is sick... i think i want people to get this virus.
<Exygone> looool
<l0de> I love you John, but it is still wrong!"
<l0de> We laid that way for a long time, just holding on to each other.
<neoKEN> doesn't matter to me. i don't read #eurotekken chatlog. am not a tekken bum. lol
<l0de> My hard on was peeking up between her thighs.
<l0de> Finally I came up with a solution.
<l0de> "Mom I understand that our relationship is not normal, but it is not WRONG either.
<l0de> Making love to you could never be wrong.
<l0de> I love you and I want to show you how much.
<l0de> Susan, it's Christmas.
<l0de> Let me have you this one time.
<l0de> Make love to me, be greedy, teach me how to please you.
<insanelee> why are you thankikng me
<l0de> Make me fuck you right.
<l0de> We owe it to ourselves to try it at least once.
<l0de> You are All I want for Christmas, all I have ever wanted."
<insanelee> you are just an investment
<Exygone> lol
<insanelee> i need your stories
<l0de> Susan was quiet for a few seconds and then she slowly nodded her head.
<Exygone> an asset
<l0de> Her hands were trembling as she smiled up at me and said yes.
<l0de> I was so happy, that I crushed her against me and said over and over, "I love you baby, I am going to be so good to you, I love you mom," while kissing and hugging her.
<Exygone> in lee's masterplan
<l0de> insane- if I get banned I may never get help
<l0de> Our kisses slowly began to deepen, she was on top of me straddling my waist.
<insanelee> lol
<l0de> Her breasts were brushing against my chest and my cock was laying against her ass.
<subt-L> is it repeating? or is it still going original?
<l0de> I was licking her lips, sucking on them when her pretty, pink little tongue flicked out to meet mine.
<l0de> I sucked her into my mouth and we both let out a little sigh of happiness.
<l0de> jesus, how can I launch command prompt?
<l0de> Susan began crawling down my stomach, stopping briefly to lick my belly button clean.
<l0de> Then she began playing with my cock, rubbing it against her face, eyes, nose, sniffing and then licking and sucking it into her mouth.
<l0de> It was amazing to watch.
<l0de> My mother was overcome by a wave of pure dick-lust as she began to swallow my cock.
<insanelee> ask neoKEN
<l0de> I don't know how big my dad's cock was, but he must have been my size or bigger, cuz my mom swallowed my fat 8 incher like an old pro.
<l0de> She kept looking me right in the eye, with this wicked little grin on her face, daring me to fuck her properly.
<insanelee> i am just readin
<l0de> I did.
<subt-L> dick-lust!
<l0de> I began to ram it down her throat, we established a good rhythm.
<subt-L> hahaha
<l0de> She breathed through her nose and every 20 seconds or so I would pull out and let her lick and massage my knob (and breathe), before plunging back in.
<Exygone> lmao
<l0de> "Cum on my face baby, cum all over your mother's face," she said between slurps, and squeezes and soft, slow, sucks.
<l0de> I could not help it, she was sucking the sperm right out of me.
<l0de> I grabbed Susan's head and pulled it tight against my crotch.
<neoKEN> i don't know any other shortcuts to the command prompt other than the start menu
<l0de> I held her in place as I powerfucked her throat.
<neoKEN> ask M$
<l0de> Precum was bubbling out of me and I could hear it gurgling in her mouth.
<l0de> My balls were twitching and jerking hard now and I felt the sperm swimming their way to the head of my cock.
<l0de> "You want my sperm mom, you want some stinky-sticky?
<l0de> Take it you beautiful little slut, take your son's cum!"
<l0de> I bellowed as I shot the first load down her throat.
<insanelee> this is sick
<l0de> I remembered that she wanted some on her face too; so I pulled out and pressed my spurting cock against her nostril and shot it up her nose.
<neoKEN> comamnd prompt should be an emergency shortcut
<l0de> I had one or two dribbles left so I placed my cock on each of her eyelids and let er rip.
<l0de> Mom was a little surprised...
<c0m> this is gay\
<l0de> but she did not complain.
<l0de> I don't know if I can explain how sexy my mom looked.
<insanelee> 'cum all over your mothers face'
<l0de> My cum was in her belly, a little drop was hanging from the corner of her mouth.
<l0de> Her nose was dripping my cum, and her eyes were crusting over with it.
<l0de> (Guys try it with your girlfriend tonight, it is fucking amazing!)
<l0de> I wanted to rest for a few minutes, but I could not.
<insanelee> com shut up he needs help
<l0de> neoken- yeah, Itried ctrl alt delete but it doesn't work!
<l0de> My mom was obviously very horny and it would not have been polite to leave her hanging.
<l0de> We switched positions and I settled in for a long, slow lick.
<l0de> I may not have a lot of experience in some aspects of sex.
<l0de> Technically I am still a virgin, I guess, since mom has never let me fuck her pussy.
* c0m sets mode: +m
<c0m> yep
<subt-L> oh,,
<subt-L> ouch...
<subt-L> ...
<insanelee> ay
<insanelee> AY
<c0m> ok
<neoKEN> then he cums on her face. THE END
<c0m> lol
<Exygone> Lol
<insanelee> he stopped
<subt-L> haha
<subt-L> story time is over.
<insanelee> what the hell is this
* l0de is now known as helpplz
<insanelee> WHAT HAPPEN TO MY STORIES
<c0m> im sorry it was pretty annoying
* helpplz is now known as l0de
<subt-L> l0de didn't even get kicked.
<insanelee> yea
<insanelee> it just stopped
<insanelee> you didn't even kick him dummy
<neoKEN> sadly i haven't read anything this well written in a long time. lol
* c0m is not a dummy
* insanelee sets mode: -bb l0de!*l0de@
<neoKEN> heh, i need to read some books.
<Exygone> this guy is funny
<insanelee> bring him baaaaaaaaaaaaack
<insanelee> i want my stories
<neoKEN> exy: hahahhaha
<subt-L> that was pretty hilarious.
<insanelee> it was all a joke
<insanelee> damn it guys
<insanelee> why ruin a good thing
<c0m> its fucking annoying
* l0de is now known as cantchat
* cantchat is now known as halp
<insanelee> com
<Exygone> ;p;
<Exygone> lol
* halp is now known as l0de
<insanelee> then get the fuck out
<insanelee> pfft
<c0m> stfu bronson you get the fuck out
<c0m> you never come here
<Exygone> WHAAAAAAAAAAAT
* insanelee sets mode: +b *!*c0m@
<c0m> anyway
<Exygone> lol
* c0m was kicked by insanelee (i'm elitist)
Disconnected
* Attempting to rejoin channel #eurotekken
* Rejoined channel #eurotekken
* Topic is 'http://www.tekkenzaibatsu.com/forums/showthread.p hp?s=&postid=1527925#post1527925 : everyone give your 0.00c'
* Set by SirCane!SirCane@
<l0de> Yhbt yhl
<c0m> well i could care either way
<l0de> HAND
<l0de> (^o^)b
/part


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Re:GNAA claims responsibility for Momfuck virus (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8822757)

OK, I normally hate GNAA posts but this was fucking hilarious!

Benders? (5, Funny)

Seoulstriker (748895) | more than 10 years ago | (#8822260)

Bender Festival? Think of all the oil, cigars, and robot pr0n there would be...

Re:Benders? (1, Insightful)

douglasmc (769429) | more than 10 years ago | (#8822492)

heh sounds pretty sweet i must say... destroy all humans!

Uhm ok... (0, Troll)

mindless4210 (768563) | more than 10 years ago | (#8822266)

Can you actually call that music? I wonder what it sounds like.

Re:Uhm ok... (0)

Bobdoer (727516) | more than 10 years ago | (#8822338)

People listened to Brittany Spears, N'Sink and other such "artists;" I doubt most of them could tell the difference in quality.

Re:Uhm ok... (1)

mindless4210 (768563) | more than 10 years ago | (#8822349)

Hah agreed.

Re:Uhm ok... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8822551)

It's "N'Sync" [mongfish.com] you cock-gobbling spaz-badger.

Re:Uhm ok... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8822622)

Would it change how much they suck if they had a different name?

Re:Uhm ok... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8822736)

I don't know and don't care, I just wanted to link to a goatse image.

Re:Uhm ok... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8822785)

To paraphrase a song of the Who "[I w]on't get fooled again."

Re:Uhm ok... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8822815)

This one was a really nice one though!

Re:Uhm ok... (2, Informative)

Anarcho-Goth (701004) | more than 10 years ago | (#8822369)

Can you actually call that music? I wonder what it sounds like.

Not to start a dictionary war but from websters:

Main Entry: music

Pronunciation: 'myü-zik
Function: noun
Usage: often attributive
Etymology: Middle English musik, from Old French musique, from Latin musica, from Greek mousikE any art presided over by the Muses, especially music, from feminine of mousikos of the Muses, from Mousa Muse
1 a : the science or art of ordering tones or sounds in succession, in combination, and in temporal relationships to produce a composition having unity and continuity b : vocal, instrumental, or mechanical sounds having rhythm, melody, or harmony
2 a : an agreeable sound : EUPHONY b : musical quality
(snip)


I would define music as sounds created with artistic intent.

Not all of the music I listen to neccessarily has rhythm and melody/harmony. And Harmony is a concept of western music, other musics are based on other mathematics.

Ambient music, which I like a lot, does not neccessarily have a discernable rhythm or melody, but can be very intersting to listen to.

There is only so much you can do when restricting yourself to octive based music. Just about everything that would sound nice to most people has already been done. That's why I find experimental music so interesting. It is different.

I like music that is sample based, and I like music that is made from unorthodox techniques, such as the current article suggests. I like normal music too but music like this just fascinates me.

Re:Uhm ok... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8822406)

I would defind music as sounds created by someone other than a country singer.

Re:Uhm ok... (1)

mindless4210 (768563) | more than 10 years ago | (#8822415)

I can't disagree with you on that. I guess the impression I get is that it sounds like squeaks and what not. Then again, I've never heard one of those things.

Re:Uhm ok... (1, Insightful)

sahonen (680948) | more than 10 years ago | (#8822478)

There is only so much you can do when restricting yourself to octive based music

Wrong. Let's say you play eighth notes at 120bpm for three minutes. Even if you restrict yourself to the 7 tones in a particular key instead of a full twelve tone octave, that's 1.3 x 10^325 possible songs.

Okay, so most music has a bit of repetition in it, so let's say the verse lasts 30 seconds out of that song. You still have 1.5 x 10^54 possible verses. And I'm not even taking chords into account.

Only non-musicians think that there's no new music to be made, because non-musicians simply don't realize the potential that exists in every single musical instrument. Of course, the other reason could be because pop musicians aren't even trying anymore [ultimatemetal.com] . Fact is, there is plenty of original music being made, you just have to look for it. Go down to a big-name music bar on a Friday night instead of browsing slashdot. (Yeah, yeah, I know. But I've got a gig tomorrow.)

On a side note, I am so sick and fucking tired of electronic "music." I don't know about you, but I want my music to be played by a fucking MUSICIAN, wielding an instrument like an extension of his body and putting all the feel and soul into it that ONLY a human can. THAT is music, not a bunch of wav files you strung together in Acid and called a song. Some guy sitting at a keyboard is not a musician, okay?

Let me know when you find electronic music that can make you cry or fall in love or get that amazing "that rocked so much" feeling when you hear a great performace. It's the human element that truly makes music what it is.

Re:Uhm ok... (1)

sahonen (680948) | more than 10 years ago | (#8822546)

It ain't a troll just 'cause it's true. There are way too many techno fans with mod points out today. Music always has and always *should* be created by humans using analog instruments.

(C) + few possible melodies = chilling effect (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 10 years ago | (#8822564)

Okay, so most music has a bit of repetition in it, so let's say the verse lasts 30 seconds out of that song. You still have 1.5 x 10^54 possible verses.

True, but different verses may still sound roughly the same. Though your melody has several dozen notes in it, a judge will often take only about eight of them when determining what melodies are "substantially similar" for copyright purposes. Now you're down to under six million melodies. Compare that to how many songs have been written (over 4.5 million in BMI's repertory alone), and you get the depressing result of the article "A Chilling Effect on Music" [slashdot.org] .

Re:Uhm ok... (2, Interesting)

Anarcho-Goth (701004) | more than 10 years ago | (#8822565)

On a side note, I am so sick and fucking tired of electronic "music." I don't know about you, but I want my music to be played by a fucking MUSICIAN, wielding an instrument like an extension of his body and putting all the feel and soul into it that ONLY a human can.

OK, so how do you feel about Laurie Anderson [laurieanderson.com] , who plays hand-made experimental violins and Pauline Oliveros [deeplistening.org] , who plays Accordian, but not in such a way that you can tell it is an accordian?

And out of curiosity, how do you feel about the music of Wendy Carlos [wendycarlos.com] , especially the Switched On Bach series?

I like and have a very large collection of classical music, I just like other music too, and some of it is quite weird, but usually more complicated than "a bunch of wav files you strung together in Acid" (Although that makes me wonder if you've listened to Not Breathing. [notbreathing.com] )

And for clarification, part of what I meant about the limitations of octive based music was looking at stuff like eastern music.

Re:Uhm ok... (0, Flamebait)

stratjakt (596332) | more than 10 years ago | (#8822656)

I think they're three of the nasties bulldykes in show biz!

Re:Uhm ok... (1)

sahonen (680948) | more than 10 years ago | (#8822669)

I've never hard of any of these people, which was probably what you were expecting. I went to all of the web sites you provided but could find no clips for download except for Not Breathing, see below.

OK, so how do you feel about Laurie Anderson, who plays hand-made experimental violins and Pauline Oliveros, who plays Accordian, but not in such a way that you can tell it is an accordian?

Playing old instruments in new ways is what keeps music alive and thriving.

but usually more complicated than "a bunch of wav files you strung together in Acid" (Although that makes me wonder if you've listened to Not Breathing.)

I listened to a little bit of it, but it sounded pretty much like your typical samples over percussion loop techno. I don't know how you can even bear to mention that kind of crap in the same sentence as classical, which is the absolute hardest genre to execute due to the fine degree of dynamic and tempo control and sensitivity that every single musician on stage has to have. Techno, or even popular music can't even begin to compare.

And for clarification, part of what I meant about the limitations of octive based music was looking at stuff like eastern music.

New and interesting scales are always fun to listen to. Try listening to something in the Locrian mode, it'll weird you out without even resorting to random noises.

Interesting note of the day, it's not always an even twelve tone scale. The half step is not the smallest unit of pitch. Microtonal music can go down to quarter steps, but it requires incredible skill to be able to manipulate pitches in ranges that small. There's also temperments of tuning, where each note in the scale is sharped or flatted slightly from its even temperment (straight logarithmic scale of frequencies) pitch to lend a certain flavor to songs played in certain keys. It's how everything used to be tuned.

Re:Uhm ok... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8822796)

I really don't like music snobs... How can you maintain an emotional conection with music when you know so many technical details about it? Everything listening becomes an analysis.

Experimental Hand-made Instruments (2, Informative)

Anarcho-Goth (701004) | more than 10 years ago | (#8822594)

Also, if you like instruments that you hold in your hand, here is a gallery [oddmusic.com] of all sorts of really weird instruments.

So If I.. (5, Funny)

TheKidWho (705796) | more than 10 years ago | (#8822270)

So If I just go ahead and bend this keyboard something interest should come out...

waits 10 seconds...

ASDLJGFLKJ#$()!*U@#$!)ADFKOH#@$I!HJ@#KJRQWEKJFAK DS FHAKEJHROQWEOURQWLKJEF:LKJ#!LKJ#@$!

Einstuerzende Neubauten (3, Interesting)

Anarcho-Goth (701004) | more than 10 years ago | (#8822384)

ASDLJGFLKJ#$()!*U@#$!)ADFKOH#@$I!HJ@#KJRQWEKJFAKDS FHAKEJHROQWEOURQWLKJEF:LKJ#!LKJ#@$!

Try listening to Einstuerzende Neubauten. [neubauten.org] I'm sure that they've used something that sounds like that in at least one of their songs.

And that way you can save yourself another keyboard.

Re:So If I.. (2, Funny)

typhoonius (611834) | more than 10 years ago | (#8822548)

Let me give it a shot.

234df516g798!@3412$t5a46S546DF89f%@#a874!@23DF89 f%@#a874!@234df516g798!@34124df516g798!@3412$t5a46 S5234df516g798!@3412$t5a46S5#JLD89234df516g798!@34 12$t5a46S5235mD21f81wad7as123xz2384Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune24asqw546w@3412$t5a46S546438#a874!@#JL45a46 S546438#a874!sf132Fa@3412$t5a46S546438#a874!sf132F

Oh, never mind, nothing'll ever come of that.

Translation: (1)

alib001 (654044) | more than 10 years ago | (#8822670)

Happens I know a little Keyboardese...

KEYBOARD: "Arghh! It hurts! It hurts! Oh the pain!"

PS2 disc loader (0, Offtopic)

PoprocksCk (756380) | more than 10 years ago | (#8822276)

I should probably take my Playstation 2 into one of those geeky bending festivals -- maybe they could get that darned DVD tray to open and shut faster!

Obligatory... (0, Flamebait)

Wooky_linuxer (685371) | more than 10 years ago | (#8822277)

Imagine a Beowulf cluster of bended toys trasmitting datagrams using interesting music... oh well.

Re:Obligatory... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8822292)

God damn that's funny... You should quit your day job and do this comedy thing full time!

Re:Obligatory... (0, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8822531)

did anybody else read your joke as "bended boys"?

Come on, admit it, you're a gay pedophile!

-- Luther

A certain kind of bent (0)

the_laotse (586765) | more than 10 years ago | (#8822280)

I guess it requires a certain kind of bent of one's mind..to bend the circuits

Re:A certain kind of bent (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8822558)

do not try and bend the circuit, that is impossible. instead only try to realize the truth. there is no circuit.

There's more than one way to bend a PCB (5, Interesting)

drewhearle (753120) | more than 10 years ago | (#8822283)

Think that circuit boards can only be bent by water if they're the cheap cardboard kind? Think again. Any cheap electronic toy's circuit board can be "bent" (in the musical context) by placing drops of water on the board in strategic locations.

Electronic toys have also been known to melt (well, 'bend') when the batteries start running low.

Re:There's more than one way to bend a PCB (1)

TheKidWho (705796) | more than 10 years ago | (#8822305)

Ouch, you just better hope you don't drink that water!

Re:There's more than one way to bend a PCB (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8822568)

There are no cardboard PCBs. Where did you get that information? Perhaps you mean phenolic, which are made by the 'punch and crunch' process. They're not cardboard, but pretty close.

Wow, That's Awful (3, Insightful)

dirkdidit (550955) | more than 10 years ago | (#8822301)

I'm sorry but I'm not sure you can call that anything but controlled noise, albeit poorly controlled. It's pretty bad.

If that's all it takes to be called music, then I'm going to record all the noises my car makes and sell a CD of it.

Re:Wow, That's Awful (3, Informative)

The Gline (173269) | more than 10 years ago | (#8822387)

You've been beaten to it. Well, sort of.

There's a group from Norway called Voice Crack, who create experimental electronic music from what they call "cracked everyday electronics." One album of theirs I heard used everything from a broken Speak and Spell to an electronic greeting card. Definitely not music as we know it, but interesting if you are drawn to that sort of thing. I imagine they would love being at something like this (and if they were there, correct me, please!).

Re:Wow, That's Awful (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8822425)

No, it's not like that.
You work for hours on a keyboard with a handful of wires, resistors, caps and what not.
Record the lot, edit out the boring bits, then start the normal way you go about making tracks.
It's a way to get new sounds.
You've probably heard thousands of sounds from sample cd's on tracks. It's good to get original noises sometimes.

Re:Wow, That's Awful (1)

I_Love_Pocky! (751171) | more than 10 years ago | (#8822426)

Umm... this sort of thing is actually done. You can buy CDs of engine recordings from popular car models (In particular high-end sports cars are popular).

Check out www.enginemusic.com [enginemusic.com] for instance.

By the way, I don't understand the appeal.

Musique Concrete (1)

Anarcho-Goth (701004) | more than 10 years ago | (#8822433)

If that's all it takes to be called music, then I'm going to record all the noises my car makes and sell a CD of it.

Actually, there is an entire genre of modern-classical music, Pioneered by Pierre Schaeffer [lvc.edu] where the music is made primarily, or exclusively from found sound. It celebrated it's 50th anniversary a couple years ago or something.

A show on a local radio show does Musique Concrete once a month. One of my favorite shows was musick made entirely from train sounds. It's funny that I thought of that from a slashdot article posted earlier today. [slashdot.org]

Usually the sounds are manipulated in one way or another.

The music that this article talks about is not Musique Concrete, but it is experimental music that would probably be appreciated by the same people.

A Mic, a Grinder - now that's Awful (1)

rueger (210566) | more than 10 years ago | (#8822580)

Famous noise artist G.X Jupitter-Larsen [jupitter-larsen.com] , when performing with his band, The Haters (who celebrated their 25th Anniversary last month), used to hold a live microphone against an electric grinder.

At maximum amplification.

Until it stopped working.

As GX is fond of saying...

A xylowave occurs everytime an effect has no cause, or a cause has no effect. [jupitter-larsen.com]

I don't know what to say. (0, Troll)

DAldredge (2353) | more than 10 years ago | (#8822311)

That is worse than techno. I mean, it sounds like someone took a cat and pluged said cat into the wall. That isn't music, it is noise.

Re:I don't know what to say. (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8822408)

Ok, who let grampa out?

Re:I don't know what to say. (1)

antic (29198) | more than 10 years ago | (#8822427)

Bending is to Slashdot as Swinging is to the rest of the population?

And the two groups both have very different interpretations (and uses for!) "toys".

I love Slashdot. Without it, I might not be producing bizarre music from electronic childrens' toys, making my computer look like it's actually made from wood, and learning why running for geeks is at all different to running for anyone else! :)

Re:I don't know what to say. (1)

DAldredge (2353) | more than 10 years ago | (#8822464)

I down loaded some of the MP3's. It isn't music. I sounds like some piped a flawed PRNG thru /dev/audio.

I physical hurts my ears and my son looked at the computer like it was about to blow up.

I was and is just horriable sounding.

Re:I don't know what to say. (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8822509)

I'll answer for the noise making people. Please read this sentence again so it's not mistaken that what I say next is serious.

Ahem. It's not the music it's you. You need to open your mind up because you obviously don't understand our music. Try opening your mind instead of criticizing. I suggest you use a twelve gauge. Which reminds me, I just made a 19 minute excursion into the realm of mimiced 12 gauge sounds created with a bent Simon and some baked orange peels. I'd post a link but it's beyond you all to understand. Beeps and screeches are in a realm beyond all of you mortals. Even I have problems recifying the complex melodies and harmonies (if they existed in our music, chumps) because this is gods music. I only wish Bartertown really existed so I could record underwold because that was music that could only come from a choir of angels. I don't expect any of you to understand, what with your time and key signatures and beats and notes and tone and what not. Silly things like scales and talent. Free your minds from "notes" and structure. I've wasted my time enough with you all. I'm going to go open my mind more by listening to a car compactor that could use an oil job.

Re:I don't know what to say. (1)

sahonen (680948) | more than 10 years ago | (#8822570)

Haha, I love it, nice. If you weren't an AC you'd be on my friends list.

Re:I don't know what to say. (1)

DAldredge (2353) | more than 10 years ago | (#8822588)

Please log in so I can make you a friend. You are insane, but fun to listen to.

Ethno Techno Squeako Skweeko (1)

Anarcho-Goth (701004) | more than 10 years ago | (#8822515)

That is worse than techno. I mean, it sounds like someone took a cat and pluged said cat into the wall. That isn't music, it is noise.

I haven't checked out the sites yet, does that mean they have mp3s to download (look of excitement).

You probably wouldn't like the song Ethno Techno Squeako Skweeko by God is my Co-Pilot. [hise.org] It is a 3 minute song that sounds kinda like Techno, but with Clarinet and lots of squeaky toys.

Some people find it annoying but it is one of my favorite songs of theirs. Most of their music I would describe as noisey punk rock.

Re:Ethno Techno Squeako Skweeko (1)

DAldredge (2353) | more than 10 years ago | (#8822598)

Yes, they do have mp3's to download, and while I may not like the music you linked to (it will not currently load for me) I bet it aleast sounds like music. Hell, it has Clarinets in it and I used to play one. :->

Besides, not all techno is bad. Some of the 0db sections of techno sound GREAT!!!! :->

Re:Ethno Techno Squeako Skweeko (1)

Anarcho-Goth (701004) | more than 10 years ago | (#8822690)

Hell, it has Clarinets in it and I used to play one

You might not appreciate the way it is played by them but yea, I love reed instruments, and I bought myself a Clarinet and have been wanting to learn to play it.

Also out of curiosity, have you ever listened to John Zorn [tzadik.com] , who is probably more famous for noise projects, but also does some really cool Klezmer-Jazz music?

Even in the noise projects I think he primarily plays Saxophone.

Re:Ethno Techno Squeako Skweeko (1)

alib001 (654044) | more than 10 years ago | (#8822623)

There's a page of "circuit bending" MP3s here [f7sound.com]

Although I'll warn you in advance that you may be overcome with an overwhelming desire to:

  • Run from the room clawing at your head whilst screaming: "My ears! MY BEAUTIFUL EARS!"
  • Join the Amish.

Gotta go - I've got apologies to make to my speakers.

Hacking Teddy Ruxpin... (2, Funny)

Jon Abbott (723) | more than 10 years ago | (#8822314)

What about [hacking] cat toys or Teddy Ruxpins?
Ha! I remember when my sister had "Cricket", another one of those Teddy Ruxpin-like dolls that had a cassette player built into it. I threw a Metallica tape into Cricket, and she started lip syncing to Enter Sandman! Ah, those were the good ol' days...

Re:Hacking Teddy Ruxpin... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8822337)

Yeah I remeber the good old days when I gave your sister "Crabs", another one of those STDs that left little insects built into her. I threw a Meat tape into her, and she started lip syncing to Enter Sandman! Ah, those were the good ol' days...

Re:Hacking Teddy Ruxpin... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8822605)

Come on, this is really funny... Why hasn't it been moded up yet?

Current 93 in the Talking Christmas Tree (1)

Anarcho-Goth (701004) | more than 10 years ago | (#8822672)

Were Teddy Ruxpins still around when Enter Sandman came out?

Reminds me of at a place where I worked they had a toy singing Christmas Tree. I can't stand Christmas Music for personal reasons, but to make a long story short I really wanted to put in a tape of Current 93 [brainwashed.com] , especially their gothic folk music stuff. (Not as much for the spooky noise. Falling Back in Fields of Rape might be appropriate.)

Never did it. Would probably get me fired. Example Lyrics. [jetfraer.net] I particularly like Hourglass [jetfraer.net] which has accoustic guitar, flute, chello, violin, and really intense vocals.

Re:Current 93 in the Talking Christmas Tree (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8822743)

Were you still around when I came out of your mom?

Reminds of at a palce where your mom worked they had a real humping donkey. I can't stand donkey shows for personal reasons, but to make a long story short I really wanted to put in a dog [dogsex.com] too, especially for your mothers stuff. (Not as much for the spooky noise. Falling Back in Dogs of Rape might be appropriate.)

Never did it. Would probably get her opened up like a prom date. Example Pictures. [milfhunter.com] I particularly like seeing her taken from behind.

HP Printer Easter Egg (3, Interesting)

John Courtland (585609) | more than 10 years ago | (#8822326)

I remember reading a story about how an HP engineer set up a row of printers (I think it was 12, in total) and he programmed the servos to sing "Happy Birthday" for a fellow engineer... I wish I could remember more details but I'm in no state to look up details right now.

Printer music (4, Informative)

metamatic (202216) | more than 10 years ago | (#8822418)

If you think that's cool, look for a copy of the CD "Symphony for Dot Matrix Printers" by [The User], as previously discussed on Slashdot [slashdot.org] . It's excellent.

Not quite as good, but still worth buying, is "Xerophonics [negativland.com] "

Of course, circuit bending is how popular electronic music started. Kraftwerk were building their own instruments from scavenged parts [technopop.com.br] in 1970.

Re:Printer music (1)

Jon Abbott (723) | more than 10 years ago | (#8822526)

If you are looking for the true granddaddy of electronica, check out Karlheinz Stockhausen. His 1959 album Kontakte is a not much more than a strange mixture of electronic noises, but the roots are definitely there and are strong. It is not for the faint of heart though, as most people would not call it music. :^)

F1 Engine music (1)

alib001 (654044) | more than 10 years ago | (#8822793)

Formula One company Asiatech made one of their engines play The Saints Go Marching In" [nasaracing.net] .

Details here [nasaracing.net] (at the bottom).

Re:HP Printer Easter Egg (1)

TheVoice900 (467327) | more than 10 years ago | (#8822615)

I have a HP ScanJet 5p SCSI scanner that plays Ode To Joy. You have to set the SCSI ID to 0 (or 1? Can't remember off hand) and then hold the scan button while powering it up. The motors in the scanner then play ode to joy. I have an ogg recording of it here. [www.sfu.ca]

Re:HP Printer Easter Egg (1)

fermion (181285) | more than 10 years ago | (#8822645)

I also recall a scene in Infinity in which Feynman set up the computing machines to play music for the new recruits. I can't remember exactly what it was.

DSP music box (0)

Doomrat (615771) | more than 10 years ago | (#8822328)

Although not quite the same thing, some people are making neat music from plain hardware. See this [dspmusic.org] site for some interesting output from a DSP processor. Audio synthesis is a great hobby - the signal processing and mathematics involved are fascinating.

Learn from the masters (5, Informative)

L3WKW4RM (228924) | more than 10 years ago | (#8822335)

Bah. If you want to know circuit bending, check it out from the real masters...

  • Reed Ghazala [anti-theory.com] , the godfather of bending
  • Dave Wright [carrionsound.com] , the man behind Not Breathing
  • Warranty Void [haw-hamburg.de] , a great practical FAQ for doing it yourself

I've been torturing electronics for years, and have some personal instruments that make sounds no commercial synthesizer could ever do.

Re:Learn from the masters (1)

sahonen (680948) | more than 10 years ago | (#8822377)

I've been torturing electronics for years, and have some personal instruments that make sounds no commercial synthesizer could ever do.

Probably because nobody in their right mind would actually want their synthesizer to make those kinds of godawful noises.

Re:Learn from the masters (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8822459)

i have a question for benders. has anyone experimented with the "Wrinkles the talking dog" toy? It came out in the 80's. My dad was the lead EE on the project when he used to work for a toy company. It was actually a pretty entertaining toy. each one had a slightly different appearance, like cabbage patch kids. i would really be interested to know if anyone remembers that toy.

Re:Learn from the masters (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8822561)

I have!

First I replaced the built-in speech banks with some audio I recorded from a porn video ("uhh, uhh", "oh my god", "ooh it's so big", etc). Then I inserted a fleshlight into the anal cavity. The voice chip is activated by thrusting, so the deeper and faster i thrust, the more "Wrinkles" enjoys it.

Re:Learn from the masters (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8822608)

You've definitely given me some 'bent' ideas ;)

The first thing I thought of (1)

Jin Wicked (317953) | more than 10 years ago | (#8822354)

was that Big Mouth Billy Bass [techweb.com] someone modded a long time ago to say "Pork!

I hope they don't get sued? (3, Offtopic)

Xenographic (557057) | more than 10 years ago | (#8822363)

In one of the more unusual corners of the annals of copyright law, I seem to remember there being something about the "Teddy Ruxpin" which might well deter you from hacking it.

For those of you who don't remember that device (and I have only vague recollections of seeing it on TV myself), the Teddy Ruxpin was a stuffed bear which moved its mouth in sync (more or less), to the words of any cassete placed in the device. When packaged with a book & tape, it would, in effect, read the book to the child.
Now I imagine that by now you're wondering what on earth this could possibly have to do with copyright law, right? Allow me to quote from this [cio.com] :
As an example of copyright law, Zittrain cited a case that involving the manufacturer of the Teddy Ruxpin talking teddy bear. The company sued when someone created a "new" Teddy Ruxpin doll by removing the tape inside the doll that simulates its speech, re-recording the tape and inserting it back into the doll. The judge found that the individual had in fact created a derivative work that infringed on Teddy Ruxpin's copyright.
And we had best get used to unusual decisions like this. Unless you live to be over 70 (and barring a change in the law), absolutely nothing copyrighted during your lifetime will ever pass into the public domain.

Of course, if you're a US voter, and you would like to help end some of the copyright inanity (the DMCA, the NET Act, etc.), feel free to petition your representatives. You can call them for free via this 1-800 number (they will help transfer you to the proper representative): 1 (800) 839-5276

Re:I hope they don't get sued? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8822437)

While I agree with you that the DMCA et. al. are not good things, I think you have to keep in mind that the guy who replaced the tape in the Teddy Ruxpin doll was only sued because he was repackaging and selling the damned things. He would have been left alone had he not been so stupid.

Re:I hope they don't get sued? (1)

Mononoke (88668) | more than 10 years ago | (#8822529)

In one of the more unusual corners of the annals of copyright law, I seem to remember there being something about the "Teddy Ruxpin" which might well deter you from hacking it.
Except that the person you quoted above got it all wrong. "The Teddy Ruxpin copyright owner then successfully sued other companies who marketed tape cassettes with additional stories in them for Teddy Ruxpin toy bears to read with animation." [gwu.edu]

In other words: Someone selling or distributing unauthorized recordings designed to be used in the Teddy Ruxpin doll could be (and was) sued for copyright infringement.

Nothing about this lawsuit would "deter me from hacking" a Teddy Ruxpin doll, or anything else for that matter, as I'm not interested in marketing the results.

Re:I hope they don't get sued? (1)

jovlinger (55075) | more than 10 years ago | (#8822593)

If I read the grandparent correctly, there was nothing special about the tapes; they were any audio tape (I imagine the mouth was controlled by convolving the VU meter output).

So, according to the TR owners ANY audio tape infringes their copyright!

I thought maybe it was a trademark issue, that the tapes were marketed using the TR name, but your link makes it seem that wasn't the case. The case hinged rather on the similar effects that could be acheived with the tapes, rather than their marketing.

I'm agoggle at US law. again. You'd think I'd get used to it. Or remember that EU law (with the benefit of seeing what a mess the US legal system is) is falling over itself to copy those mistakes.

OT!? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8822801)

Don't you stupid mods even read the first sentence of the article? Oh, right, I must be new here :P

Forget about hacking your Gameboy -- what about cat toys or Teddy Ruxpins? Any of these is fair game to a circuit bending hobbyist.

"But that's not music" (4, Interesting)

HeavensTrash (175514) | more than 10 years ago | (#8822388)

Apparently from reading comments on this board so far, most people seem to be offended by experimental music. "You call that music? That's just noise!". Believe it or not, Noise actually is a genre of music and has a rather large following. I don't care if you don't like it, but I could just as easily criticize whatever MTV or Classical Rock things you are all listening to.

Remember, people used to say the same thing about Rock N' Roll, which in my opinion is a completely stale genre. Try and open your minds a bit to things you don't understand.

Re:"But that's not music" (2, Funny)

Duty (731705) | more than 10 years ago | (#8822438)

Even if you don't live in the state of, shall we say, bentness it takes to appreciate Merzbow, it is handy for driving away unwanted houseguests.

Re:"But that's not music" (1)

HeavensTrash (175514) | more than 10 years ago | (#8822455)

Funny that you mention it, I'm actually wearing a Merzbow T-Shirt as I type this.

Re:"But that's not music" (1)

Jin Wicked (317953) | more than 10 years ago | (#8822484)

Don't forget the band "Art of Noise." =)

Re:"But that's not music" (0)

sahonen (680948) | more than 10 years ago | (#8822521)

At least MTV and classical have notes. Holy shit, this stuff offends me. I haven't been studying music theory and applying myself at a *real* instrument, only to have some hack with a circuit board call a bunch of farting noises "music"!

Re:"But that's not music" (1)

sahonen (680948) | more than 10 years ago | (#8822552)

Yeah, way to use your "overrated" rating to avoid metamoderation.

Re:"But that's not music" (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8822574)

"skin flute" isn't a musical instrument.

I'm glad you're so dedicated to your craft, though. I'm sure all the guys you suck off appreciate it.

Re:"But that's not music" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8822773)

I know I do

Re:"But that's not music" (1)

fermion (181285) | more than 10 years ago | (#8822614)

The debate goes back as far as you want to go back. Someone mentioned classical. Many famous compositions were decried as little more than random noise when they premiered. Many would consider jazz as a random sequence of squeaks.

Earlier this year I went to a presentation of three one act ballets . The company is a major, tours worldwide, and has significant funding. The new artistic director is a young guy of his mid thirties. Anyway the third act was an incredibly choreographed presentation. Beautiful costumes. Minimalist scenery. And prerecorded industrial noise.

Now noise is not my favorite but I was getting into the rhythms of the music and the movements of the barely clothed bodies. Other older patrons were not so lucky. I heard that a few got physically ill.

To them and the rest I say get some broad culture. You can't submerse yourself in local or some accepted standard culture and consider yourself "cultured." Music is varied and arbitrary judgments are just silly. You enjoy what you enjoy, but there is more music in heaven and earth than any of us could possible appreciate.

Let's Slashdot a retarded racist's site! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8822397)

It's simple. All you gotta do is follow this link to the moronic "JewPranks" website [jewpranks.com] . (I swear that isn't Goatse or anything.)

If everyone who reads this story refreshes that page a few times his server will crash and burn and his black-bashing material will be unavailable for several hours.

cell phone feedback (2, Interesting)

gribbly (39555) | more than 10 years ago | (#8822405)

I've had some fun with cellphones recently. Have your cell phone in one hand, and use the other to have a friend's cell phone yours (may as well use his minutes, right?).

When the call is established, put the cellphones in... er... a 69 position I guess. Microphone to speaker. You should get some pretty cool feedback this way, and you can 'control' it (sort of) by moving the phones around.

I recently covered the Pixies song "Alec Eiffel" for an online Pixies tribute album (link omitted... don't need the /.-ing), and used my cellphone and answering machine to create some cool noises at the end.

grib.

Theremins and other benders (3, Interesting)

aacool (700143) | more than 10 years ago | (#8822474)

Wonder if anyone remembers the theremin [theremin.info] - this was invented by a Soviet scientist Leon Theremin in 1918, it had no strings, no pipes or keys.

Led Zeppelin used it to great effect. Here is the Beach Boys using it in Good Vibrations [theremin.info]

One would venture to call this a 'bender' device since it is functionally the same as a metal detector, and works by sensing the proximity of the player's hands to the antennae.

Any other similar devices or early bender apps?

Re:Theremins and other benders (1)

FatalTourist (633757) | more than 10 years ago | (#8822673)

Actually the Beach Boys used a theremin-esque instrument [electrotheremin.com] where pitch was mechanically controlled.

Industrial (3, Interesting)

Frennzy (730093) | more than 10 years ago | (#8822504)

I read all the comments to this point, and saw no mention of industrial.

It started at least 15 years ago (though some other versions may have started earlier)...in Germany.

They recorded (sampled) industrial noise, and mixed it together with vocals, percussion (indeed, some bands used the sampled noises AS vocals and percussion) to make music. Skinny Puppy is a great example.

Just thought I'd bring it up.

*not* the official web site (4, Informative)

bossert (634096) | more than 10 years ago | (#8822620)

Needless to say, something as odd as circuit bending doesn't have an "official" web site. However, the person widely credited with starting and popularizing circuit bending is Reed Ghazala, and his site is http://www.anti-theory.com/ [anti-theory.com] . Got to give credit where credit is due, folks... More information on bending and other amazing experimental musical instruments is available at http://www.oddmusic.com [oddmusic.com] .

Aphex Twin Anyone? (1)

drgonzo59 (747139) | more than 10 years ago | (#8822664)

Does this remind anyone of Aphex Twin? He created a couple of albums using analog toys and circuits, including the sounds of the programs recorded on cassette tapes for the ZX-Spectrum computer (people from Europe will know what I am talking about), that was my first computer by the way a whooping 3.5 Mhz with 48K or ram.

DMCA violations galore. (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8822666)

None of these non-standard uses are authorised by the patent holders. I'm notifying each and every one of the manufacturers about these blatant violations of the DMCA.

Casio VL-Tone (1)

ktakki (64573) | more than 10 years ago | (#8822676)

Oh, the fun I used to have with a Casio VL-Tone [hccnet.nl] twenty or so years ago. I was playing keyboards in a sort of psychedelic funk band (think XTC meets Parliament) and though my main keyboards were a Farfisa Mini-Compact, a Roland Juno 106, and an Ensoniq Mirage, a pair of VL-Tones were part of my gear.

Despite tone generators worthy of a Nokia cell phone, a rhythm box that made a 606 sound like John Bonham, and a four-banger calculator to boot, they sounded like God's Own Voice when run through a Roland Space Echo, an Electro Harmonix Memory Man, various fuzz boxes and guitar effect pedals, and an Ampeg bass amp driving an 18" speaker.

For purely visual effect, I'd have my roadies duct tape one to each of my forearms for that Casio Borg effect. We used the cheesy rhythm box sounds as a click track for one of our songs (our drummer was steady enough to keep in sync without a headphone feed).

Playing melodies on those tiny chicklet keys was a bitch, though, especially after a few backstage drinks.

k.

Yesterday's News (2, Insightful)

Tiro (19535) | more than 10 years ago | (#8822762)

I am getting tired of reading yesterday's nytimes stories on /. This article was released twenty-four hours ago on NY Times Online, and has been in print all day.

I was doing this when I was a kid (2, Interesting)

l0ungeb0y (442022) | more than 10 years ago | (#8822768)

When I was in 4th grade or so, I had one of those "Little Professor" calculators [si.edu] from Texas Instruments which I decided to abuse with a sottering iron one day for shits and giggles. After messing around for a little bit, I found by reconnecting the transistors I could get it to make different sounds controlled by the keys. Suffice to say, it was very limited, but fun to play with for about a week.

Funny how this is suddenly a fad.

How many remember Boston - the band that is (1)

humidors (770070) | more than 10 years ago | (#8822804)

Here were a bunch of MIT grads that did just this...and everyone loved them at the time. Sure they included guitars and other equipment but they always had the BENT deal....
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