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Dot Matrix Guitar

Posted by Phil Mellor on 01:15, 7/3/2007 | , ,
 
Dot matrix guitarBack in the days when I owned an Acorn Electron, Acornsoft View and a dot matrix printer I often believed, during lengthy and hypnotic printing sessions, that my clunky old printer could - with a little ingenious programming - be used as a drum machine. Perhaps it could even make beautiful music. I was wrong.
 
Nearly twenty years later (last summer, actually), Epistaxis Time tried it for real in a Resonance FM broadcast by building an "instrument of punishment" called the Dot Matrix Guitar. Host Dan Wilson said "It's a raspy, nasty noise. I hope it agitates you." It does.
 
You can listen to it online here, download the MP3, or subscribe to the podcast.
 
Resonance FM is ace. One recent show was 8-Bit Adventures - 30 minutes of bleeps from the world's best 8-bit musicians. The radio station is based in London but you can listen to it in streaming MP3 format from anywhere in the world by the power of Greyskullthe Internet. Unfortunately they're fairly strapped for cash, so join in the fundraising if you can. Even if the shows I've mentioned aren't your fancy, it's brilliant to find a radio station with the freedom to commission and broadcast stuff like this.
 
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  andrew (15:25 9/3/2007)
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      andrew (01:05 10/3/2007)
        monkeyson2 (12:55 15/3/2007)
 
Andrew Message #99672, posted by andrew at 15:25, 9/3/2007
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Any Beeb music there? In fact, anything there - I can just see masses of text and graphics and no MP3s.

[Edited by andrew at 15:27, 9/3/2007]
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Phil Mellor Message #99677, posted by monkeyson2 at 15:57, 9/3/2007, in reply to message #99672
monkeyson2Please don't let them make me be a monkey butler

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Any Beeb music there? In fact, anything there - I can just see masses of text and graphics and no MP3s.

[Edited by andrew at 15:27, 9/3/2007]

Ah, I think the 8-bit adventures page uses Flash audio instead of an MP3 podcast
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Phil Mellor Message #99678, posted by monkeyson2 at 15:58, 9/3/2007, in reply to message #99677
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http://www.kittenrock.co.uk/_sgt/m1_1.htm

8-Bit Adventures playlist - no doubt there's some proper downloadables off some of those links.
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Andrew Message #99722, posted by andrew at 01:05, 10/3/2007, in reply to message #99678
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Just listening to "Hexadecimal Genome" from Bitshifter. The C64 was sure good at music.
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Phil Mellor Message #100030, posted by monkeyson2 at 12:55, 15/3/2007, in reply to message #99722
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Episode 2 of 8-bit adventures:

http://podcasts.resonancefm.com/archives/632
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