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Dot Matrix Printers as musical instruments…

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Dot Matrix Printers as musical instruments…

Printer Buttons2Paul from Dotmatrixsynth makes musical instruments out of printers, here writes – “I’ve got an ongoing project, reprogramming the firmware in these 1985 Epson LQ-500 printers to turn them into musical instruments. I originally just wanted to make a sort of homemade mellotron, but it’s evolved into a much deeper project. These printers (like all printers) have a computer inside that operates all the motors and handles the parallel port, etc. The software that drives that computer is all on an EPROM (a reprogrammable ROM chip.) I remove the EPROM, erase it, and reprogram it with my own software that I’ve developed by reverse engineering the printer and its computer.” Link.

7 thoughts on “Dot Matrix Printers as musical instruments…

  1. fungus_amungus says:

    This sounds like a more elaborate version of Man or Astroman’s song “A Simple Text File” from their album, A Spectrum of Infinite Scale. Here’s a sample from Amazon.

  2. mwproductions says:

    Let’s not forget about Symphony for Dot Matrix Printers by [The User].

  3. drrabelais says:

    And before that, there was a dot matrix solo on Pussy Galore’s “Dial M for MF” from 1989. I think the song was “Undertaker”.

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