A Music From Very Short Programs Box

By: spacewrench

2014-02-09 19:10:17

This weekend my friend Jacob S. and I built a Arduino based music box to play Ville-Matias Heikkil√§ wonderful one-line C code that makes surprisingly complex "Music From Very Short Programs."   We used a Teensy 1.0 and the Arduino IDE for development.  We used the Teensy to drive a Microchip MCP8422 SPI DAC and fuck-all for an amplifier.  Much fantastic Portland beer was consumed, and here are the results.  We think its awesome but we sure wish we understood why the hell it sounds so cool.  Maybe Ville-Matias explains it somewhere.  The DAC is 12 bits, and the programs are 8-bit so perhaps a talented composer could write even better music using those extra four bits.

See a video of our work at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgpUyEapCmM

See Ville-Matias' awesome original (complete with visualization) at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tCRPUv8V22o


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