The Esc key
was born in 1960, when an I.B.M. programmer named Bob Bemer was trying to solve a Tower of Babel problem: computers from different manufacturers communicated in a variety of codes. Bemer invented the ESC
key as way for programmers to switch from one kind of code to another.
posted by TangerineGurl
on Oct 6, 2012 -
Dead musical instruments...
brought back to life by YouTube? Check out this mellotron demo film
, a rare trautonium
keyboard in some guy's garage, trautonium music
by composer Oskar Sala, an original Ondes Martenot
, a documentary on the telharmonium (parts 1
, and 3
), and the Sonovox
(used to funny but not-suitable-for-work effect in this parody of Sparky's Magic Piano
). Meanwhile, avant-gardists have revived the art of prepared piano
, but more mainstream acts such as Tori Amos
and Ferrante & Teicher
have also experimented with it. Last but not least, another performer of prepared piano is Margaret Leng Tan
, but I think she should get more accolades as the best virtuoso of the toy piano
since Schroeder from Peanuts.
posted by jonp72
on Jan 31, 2008 -
is the electronic art of the implementation of the creative audio short-circuit. This renegade path of electrons represents a catalytic force capable of exploding new experimental musical forms forward at a velocity previously unknown. Anyone at all can do it; no prior knowledge of electronics is needed." - Reed Ghazala. More proselytizing
from Ghazala, and a LiveJournal
for up-to-the-minute advice, feedback and opinions.
posted by jon_kill
on Jan 28, 2004 -
A keyless keyboard
designed to reduce RSI and other typing related injuries - sounds interesting, but slow, and of course useless for gaming. Bit pricey as well.
posted by Orange Goblin
on Jul 23, 2003 -
What lies beneath
. Confirming what you probably already knew, "as we juggle eating, drinking and working at our work stations, the tight shadowy crevices between our keyboard become the computer equivalent of a black hole, sucking in pizza toppings, contact lenses, paper clips, the odd insect...
". Germ freakery or a genuine hygiene concern?
posted by netsirk
on Sep 30, 2002 -