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Brandon’s Player Piano Took Patience, and A Whole Lot of Solenoids

Brandon Switzer had a grand image in mind when he set off to create this player piano. Like most of us, he had an arduino that had been sitting there doing nothing for quite some time. He needed a project to focus his attention and learn some things. He landed on the idea of making […]

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Watch How a Cityscape Composes Its Own Song on a Player Piano

Akko Goldenbeld turned a map of his city into a musical score for a player piano with this ingenious design.

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Haunting Drone Instrument

Tom Fox of VulpeInstruments has unveiled another one of his creations, which uses the action of a grand piano to bend the notes in a motor-controlled drone instrument. It’s called the Dronemachine MKII.

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Player Piano Takes Song Requests Over Twitter

Stanley is a converted player piano that interacts with Twitter users to play their favorite songs. Users tweet at Stanley to request a tune, a computer searches through a vast MIDI library to find it, then the MIDI information is sent to a set of solenoids on the piano that plunk out the notes.

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Play the Rings of a Tree Trunk Like a Record

What would a tree sound like if a cross section of it were played like an LP? Bartholomäus Traubeck attempts to find out.

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Hand-cranked Toy Piano Hack Keeps the Tunes Coming Forevermore

When a battery operated device runs out of juice, most of us reach for a fresh pair of AA’s. But when his daughter’s electronic toy piano had drained its batteries, Dominik instead installed a hand-cranked dynamo to power the instrument ad infinitum. He hacked apart an Ikea flashlight to co-opt its cranked generator and installed it inside his daughter’s plaything. Now a little bit of elbow grease keeps the tunes coming while saving the environment and a little bit of money to boot.

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