Computers & Mobile Music

The lovely folks of Machine Project are taking their show on the road. The road to Minneapolis. They will be conducting another “grand ‘musical’ experiment” this Friday from 1-5 pm at the Walker Art Center, creating a concert from as many Apple ][ computers as they can get their hands on. Bring yours and enjoy!

We are gathering as many Apple II computers as possible together in the FlatPak House for what can only be called a “Beeptacular Spectacular” concert using vintage computers as an orchestra.

As a grand “musical” experiment, Jason Torchinsky has written a crude 16-tone sequencer for the Apple II, and will try and gather up as many Apple IIs as possible to perform a live, dynamic sort-of concert/musical event. Machine Project’s resident music guru, Chris Kallmyer, will be on hand to discuss the nature of music, and generally help make things somewhat listenable. Who knows what the end result will sound like? A chorus of angels poking at touch-tone phones? All the computers from the background of every sci-fi movie from the 50–80s going off at once? A serenade by a truckload of R2-D2s? You’ll have to come and listen for yourselves. Please bring your own Apple II if you’ve got one!

The event is Friday, July 22, 2001 from 1-5pm. For more info, click the Walker Art Center Apple II Beeptacular Spectacular link.


John Edgar Park likes to make things and tell people about it. He builds project for Adafruit Industries. You can find him at and twitter/IG @johnedgarpark

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