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Handmade electronic music : the art of hardware hacking

By: Collins, Nicolas (The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois, USA)

0415975913 / 9780415975919
Hbk. + CD
Out of print
postgraduate  Learn More research & professional undergraduate

Perfectly designed for practitioners and students of electronic music, installation and sound art, this is a long-needed, practical and engaging introduction to the craft of making - and creatively cannibalizing - electronic circuits for artistic purposes.

From electronic radios to toys, "Handmade Electronic Music" is a fascinating guided tour through the world of electronics and the, encouraging artists to get to know the inner workings of basic electronic devices so they can creatively use them for their own ends.

Written throughout from the practical point of view of the artist, "Handmade Electronic Music" teaches: the basics of practical circuitry; basic electronic principles; a brief history of twentieth-century electronic devices; how to work with all kinds of analogue circuitry and sounds; and a step-by-step through the process, until they are capable of building their own instruments that are usable, practical and cheap.

This unique, fun and easy-to use guide includes a CD illustrating the many sounds that devices can produce, and stands as the must-have guide for anyone who wants to get their hands onto and into the world of electronic devices.


AVRS Electronic musical instruments, TJF Electronics engineering

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