Swedish engineer creates playable accordion from 2 Commodore 64 computer systems

Linus Åkesson playing his homemade

Enlarge / Linus Åkesson taking part in his home made “Commodordion” in a YouTube video. (credit score: Linus Åkesson)

In late October, a Swedish software program engineer named Linus Åkesson unveiled a playable accordion—referred to as “The Commodordion”—he crafted out of two classic Commodore 64 computer systems linked with a bellows product of floppy disks taped collectively. A demo of the hack debuted in an 11-minute YouTube video the place Åkesson performs a Scott Joplin ragtime music and particulars the instrument’s creation.

Åkesson—a flexible musician himself—can truly play the Commodordion in actual time like an actual accordion. He performs a melody together with his proper hand on one C64 keyboard and controls the chord of a rhythm and bass line loop (that he can pre-record utilizing the flip of a change) utilizing his left hand on the opposite keyboard.

The Commodordion.

A good quantity of customized software program engineering and {hardware} hackery went into making the Commodordion attainable, as Åkesson lays out in a publish on his web site. It builds off of earlier initiatives (that he says have been deliberately main as much as this one), such because the Sixtyforgan (a C64 with spring reverb and a chromatic accordion key format) and Qwertuoso, a program that permits stay taking part in of the C64’s well-known SID sound chip.

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