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Jeri Ellsworth Rocks a Commodore 64 Keytar

If you’re walking around Maker Faire you may see a woman skating around with a strange looking instrument. That’s maker extraordinaire Jeri Ellsworth with her bass guitar made out of a Commodore 64. And did I mention she’s playing it while on roller skates? That’s talent!

50 thoughts on “Jeri Ellsworth Rocks a Commodore 64 Keytar

    1. It’s a KeyBass! :) I have a quick video interview which I’ll try to post soon.

  1. Go back and take decent pictures! You should be ashamed to come up with such low quality images.

    1. No, it still does piss me off seriously. You even present this blurry picture on the front page. How much lower can one go?

      Seriously Make, how much lower? Well, I know – when you print it.

      I feel so insulted.

  2. It is a keytar. The keyboard can be used to play notes and the F-keys change the wave forms for the keys and strings.

  3. I talked to her for a while. Shes a chip designer. Also you used a FPGA to make that work. Now, thats dedication!

  4. Ah, wow, awesome didn’t realize – so it pitch tracks the bass strings and matches the notes with sid tones?

  5. What a major mod of a great old computer! I’m assuming the C64 is fortified somehow inside to prevent warping of the keyboard from the strings? Jeri riding roller skates reminds me not many folks do it and it’s excellent exercise and perfect for riding to the store without a car if you don’t want to chance your bike getting stolen.

  6. Not being up on fashion. Is the lady in a DIY dress? Looks like one of those classic apron clothing hacks. Sorry if she bought it.

    1. > Is the lady in a DIY dress?

      People at MakerFaire dress in all sorts of stuff. Jeri’s talents are primarily circuit design, regarding how she dresses, I’d like to see her wear a full skirt dress like what Gina Lollobrigida wore in the movie “Anna of Brooklyn.”

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I design games for work and for fun. I recently graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design, and am now employed as a designer at Toys for Bob.

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