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July 13, 2010 7:00 PM   Subscribe

Mike Walters is at it again with an amazing tape-based drum machine. Full details are to be found on his website. [previously]
posted by mhjb (11 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite

 
Wait, wait, wait.

OK, so this guy went through all of the work to emulate some of the features of an 808 with analog tape, a somewhat quixotic feat that ends up creating a passable drum machine using an atypical transport. OK, great, neat, I admire the obsolete tech re-engineering.

But seriously, I can't believe that he didn't immediate go to work creating a tape that contained one drum track to sync to but three tracks of random voices, conversations, dubs of sound effect records, synth bleeps and bloops and noises to run through the machine and "perform" as a pattern. Why on earth would you bother demonstrating this thing as a passable 808 when you could demo the world's first musique concrète sequencer instead?
posted by eschatfische at 7:44 PM on July 13, 2010 [5 favorites]


That's fucking awesome.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 7:47 PM on July 13, 2010


I had essentially the same thoughts as eschatfische, regarding the choice of 808 sounds. Kinda boring. The ambient car horn from outside at 4:57 was a welcome sonic addition!

The various delay/gate functions are cool, though, and the machine looks great. I admire this guy, although I'd certainly like to hear the thing with a whole range of other sounds. Leave the 808 sounds to the 808s, I say.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 7:56 PM on July 13, 2010


There are other videos on createdigitalmusic.com where he hooks it up to a synth and a record player and uses it to trigger them instead.
posted by awfurby at 8:04 PM on July 13, 2010


awfurby, I was just coming back here to say the same thing! I kinda like this one.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 8:18 PM on July 13, 2010


badass. I am just starting to get into electronics so this post hit the spot. Thanks mhjb.
posted by archivist at 11:05 PM on July 13, 2010


> Why on earth would you bother demonstrating this thing as a passable 808 when you could demo the world's first musique concrète sequencer instead?

Now that he's got the machine built and synchronized, that's just a matter of making another cassette, no?
posted by ardgedee at 5:10 AM on July 14, 2010


Now that he's got the machine built and synchronized, that's just a matter of making another cassette, no?

Yes, but first he has to retrofit a Roland 808. That is, turn it into a working cassette recorder.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 5:19 AM on July 14, 2010 [1 favorite]


He did the same self limiting thing when he did the mellowman-Instead of using this new device to try to push the parameters of what was previously possible, he made a modern version of existing hardware repurposed.

I think his intention is to recreate devices that normally are hard to obtain using easily accessible spares.

I think it's kind of lame that his tape machine doesn't use a loop tape, but rather uses a 90 minute tape. Still pretty awesome though.
posted by reklus at 10:35 AM on July 14, 2010


Anyone who looks at this guy and says 'that is good but he should've done this' has apparently never built anything from scratch before.
posted by mhjb at 3:18 PM on July 14, 2010


I have built many a thing from scratch and am a huge fan of DIY everything, but he really approached this with a mindset of doing what had been done uniquely, rather than doing something unique uniquely.
posted by reklus at 7:53 PM on July 14, 2010


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