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Somebody Used A Modded Recreation Boy To Play A Church Organ, And It’s Superior


Gif: Look Mum No Laptop / Kotaku

Modded consoles are fairly superior, letting folks faucet into the uncooked computational energy of gaming machines to run emulators, customized software program, and extra. However what for those who mix a modded console with a modded musical instrument? And never simply any musical instrument, however a modded pipe organ? Nicely, that’s what somebody simply did, utilizing an outdated Recreation Boy to play music on a refurbished church organ. The outcomes are fairly superior.

UK-based musician and digital instrument hacker extraordinaire Sam Battle, who performs beneath the moniker Look Mum No Laptop and isn’t any stranger to working with video game consoles as musical instruments, just lately attached a modded Recreation Boy (which I’m obligated to say is spelled as two separate phrases) to some musical devices. After writing out a full track to be played on a more modern modular synthesizer by way of the Recreation Boy, the music hacker turned his consideration to a church organ he’s rebuilt and outfitted with lights and microphones (I’m so jealous). Test it out right here:

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Battle acquired and began rebuilding the church organ final 12 months. The instrument was recovered from a home in Bristol, UK, the place it had been reassembled after being faraway from a church a while earlier than. After making its approach to eBay, the organ was snagged by Battle for a value he says was “cheaper than simply going and getting a run-of-the-mill synth” (although it definitely seems heavier than my Moog Grandmother).

After performing some in depth work to rebuild the instrument over the past 12 months, Battle rigged up the organ to receive commands from a digital supply by way of the Musical Instrument Digital Interface standard (MIDI), a expertise developed within the ‘80s to synchronize synthesizers and ship instructions to show notes and features on and off in a musical vogue.

That’s the place the Recreation Boy is available in: running LSDJ, a console-based tracker synthesizer, and with an Arduino soldered into the unit (although you would additionally do that with a USB Recreation Boy cartridge), Battle is ready to program in a sequence of notes that get despatched to the modded pipe organ, creating beautiful musical sequences. Writing music like this takes some time, as you might want to work one be aware at a time. However rattling, are the outcomes cool.