Handmade Electronic Music: The Art of Hardware Hacking

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Routledge, 2009 - Music - 340 pages
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Handmade Electronic Music: The Art of Hardware Hacking provides a long-needed, practical, and engaging introduction to the craft of making - as well as creatively cannibalizing - electronic circuits for artistic purposes. With a sense of adventure and no prior knowledge, the reader can subvert the intentions designed into devices such as radios and toys to discover a new sonic world. At a time when computers dominate music production, this book offers a rare glimpse into the core technology of early live electronic music, as well as more recent developments at the hands of emerging artists. In addition to advice on hacking found electronics, the reader learns how to make contact microphones, pickups for electromagnetic fields, oscillators, distortion boxes, and unusual signal processors cheaply and quickly.

This revised and expanded second edition is extensively illustrated and includes a DVD featuring eighty-seven video clips and twenty audio tracks by over one hundred hackers, benders, musicians, artists, and inventors from around the world, as well as thirteen video tutorials demonstrating projects in the book. Further enhancements include additional projects, photographs, diagrams, and illustrations.

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Review: Handmade Electronic Music: The Art of Hardware Hacking [With DVD ROM]

User Review  - Mick Bordet - Goodreads

Some interesting ideas as well as a reasonable introduction to some electronic theory, though there are some concepts that look interesting, but are side-stepped (the section on pre-amps, in ... Read full review

Review: Handmade Electronic Music: The Art of Hardware Hacking [With CD]

User Review  - Kleeb - Goodreads

One of the best books for beginners that want to learn about music and circuitry. Read full review

About the author (2009)

Nicolas Collins, an active composer and performer of electronic music, and has worked with John Cage, Alvin Lucier, David Tudor, and many other masters of modern music. Dr. Collins is Professor of Sound at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and has led hacking workshops around the world. He has been Visiting Artistic Director of STEIM (Amsterdam) and a DAAD composer-in-residence in Berlin. Since 1997 he has been editor-in-chief of Leonardo Music Journal.

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