Recycled Hard Drive Instrument - Electric Waste Orchestra
Creating unconventional musical instruments from outdated computer parts and other e-waste
In the hubbub of Moogfest, we serendipitously ran into a guy wearing purple 3D-printed eyeglasses and holding something that looked like a keytar. Upon closer inspection, and with the house lights turned up, it turned out to be a musical instrument made from outdated computer parts. Colten Jackson wasn’t a speaker at the festival, but a passionate musician who made the trek to Asheville from Champaign, IL, to spread the word about his educational side project, Electric Waste Orchestra. Jackson reuses e-waste to make music in unconventional ways—for example, in this video he transformed six hard-drives and a number pad into a musical instrument (with help from Arduino hardware and Pure Data software) and jams along with a modular synthesizer. (Read more)
The DIY Team spent this past weekend at the Berkeley Art Museum hacking sounds using MaKey MaKeys and Quartz Composer. Kids used construction paper and tin foil to create their own one of a kind musical pad/keyboard and one kid even managed to create a track using his face. Make your own weird sounds and become a Hardware Hacker.
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