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Handmade Electronic Music: The Art of Hardware Hacking [With CD]

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"Handmade Electronic Music: The Art of Hardware Hacking "provides a long-needed, practical, and engaging introduction for students of electronic music, installation and sound-art to the craft of making--as well as creatively cannibalizing--electronic circuits for artistic purposes. Designed for practioners and students of electronic art, it provides a guided tour through t ...more
Paperback, 245 pages
Published March 1st 2006 by Routledge (first published January 1st 2006)
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Tara Brabazon
Mar 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a joyous - and well written - book. This book is ideal for the men and women who like to play with electronics. This is for the people who find the conventional computer interface somewhat unresponsive and want to transform the everyday hardware around them to create sounds.

It is filled with DIY passion, but it also provides a great guide to (step-by-step) taking everyday electronics and rendering them the platforms for electronic music.
Andrew Horton
Aug 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Probably the greatest book out there for getting started in electronics. Within a week of getting this, I went from knowing literally nothing about electronics to breadboarding oscillator and effect circuits, building a little light theremin, hacking a toy pager to make it go crazy, and much more. Engaging, informative, and written by someone that actually knows how to communicate these concepts to other human beings (which you'll rarely find in the field of electronics!).
Another book I am familiarizing myself with and drawing up a project list from, since i have done nothing from this book i cannot give much of a review other than "if your dad wore birkenstocks and explained how to make weird electronic instruments to you" the book.
Brandon Greter
Jun 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the most helpful books I have ever read, speaking as an artist, musician, and all around fan of the avant guarde
Oct 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A very enjoyable read and hands-on introduction to tinkering with electronics with the aim of making music, no previous knowledge required. In fact it manages to hold off the theory until about half of the book, where the reader is first introduced to Ohm's law. And that's all the theory there is, really. This isn't to say that it's not a useful book for people who already know the theory. I, for one, was very excited to learn about where to find parts like piezo disks to salvage and how to use ...more
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Apr 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A really good beginner's guide to building electronic instruments. Requires no previous knowledge of electrical components. Intentionally steers away from theory and overly-scientific explanations, though there's a resources appendix for those wishing to know more. The stated goal is to get the reader making noises as quickly as possible, and it delivers. Each project builds on the last, and scattered throughout are sidebars about artists & musicians who have used the technology in each chapter. ...more
Mar 26, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are a lot of fun electronics projects ideas here, most geared towards older electronics that don't have integrated components. I think most of them would result less in musical instruments than noisemakers, but there's an approximately infinite supply of obsolete electronics out there (Goodwill FTW), so if it's something you were looking to get into this book is a great place to start.
Mick Bordet
Some interesting ideas as well as a reasonable introduction to some electronic theory, though there are some concepts that look interesting, but are side-stepped (the section on pre-amps, in particular). The focus is much more on noise-making devices than the title might suggest - still musical, but definitely on the chaotic side of the scale.
Feb 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is awesome. It covers a wide range of topics in the area of its title. Very pedagogic, partly due to a superb and sometimes hilarious prose.
Mar 05, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I recommend this book to anyone interested in circuit bending, soldering, audio hacks, etc. The author assumes no experience in this area, but it's entertaining if you already have some. The circuits are easy to build (I have built some of these in the past), and produce great results for aspiring (noise) musicians.
Sep 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
If you want to build electronic things that make funny sounds this is the book for you. My friend Mr. Becos has more to say about this here:
Feb 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This book is not only fascinating but immediately useful. you can be making refrigerator sounds by dusk.

Mark Kleeb
One of the best books for beginners that want to learn about music and circuitry.
Aug 04, 2008 rated it really liked it
This book covers an amazingly useful and inspiring array of projects for getting started with circuit bending and even building your own noise-making circuits.
Jul 12, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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