Rather than mucking around with Gumstix and stuff, the excellent Christian Blanchard runs his Orgautomatix from MIDI data and a MIDI reader on a Palm (pic here of the setup). Old Palms go for a tenner and the Z22 is around 70 quid at the moment. IttyMidi does a package including an old Palm (only 8MB) for 120USD, so that’s about 3.50€ ;o) There’s a group, PalmSounds, dedicated to handhelds and music. Old list of software here, but all I want is a controller.
I too am building a midi organ which played its first basic tune today !. Mine is powered by a surplus blower fan I bought from Alan Pell and which I am driving with a bench grindstone motor. I built my own controller from a DIY MIdi website. It has at present 64 outputs but can easily be upgraded to 128. I have modified a Palm PDA cable to supply a midi output from a Palm M130 and use midi player software downloaded from the States.
128 outputs sounds useful. I assume you could also do that by banking two shrinkwrapped 64-output modules. But I am not an electrical engineer, or any genuine type of engineer for that matter.
I can’t really see the point of buying a proprietary MIDI controller like this one:
(Christian is also using the http://www.j-omega.co.uk/ as the next link in the chain.)
- Bert Gilbert and his Eagle
This is not Bert Gilbert, the actor, wife-beater and adulterer (although possibly solely for the purposes of the decree nisi) who starred as ‘Arry Wilkins in the 1906 demonstration at the Hippodrome of the effects of The flood on London, of which was wrote:
Three hundred thousand gallons of water sweep away the bridges, pull down the
D says re controlling barrel organ valves using MIDI:
Do I want something like this? You bet:
More random interesting stuff
- Voice/organ balance
Doubts have been expressed re my capacity to sing over the bloody thing. Here at 02:00 is Claude Reboul on the Place Beaubourg demonstrating that this is not a problem:
About a decade ago Claude recorded his greatest hits album, L’organiste barbare, which is in similar mode and unfortunately doesn’t seem to be available anywhere …
- Castlewood busker organ
Rather taken with Castlewood = 20 note (which notes?) (MIDI file on site). 375mm (15″) wide x 300mm (12″) high x 290mm (11.5″) deep – ie wee bit bigger than my Dell opened up. Photos of kit & construction. 2008/6/16 complete kit price 1420AUS = 860EUR, possibly plus 3.2% European tariff. US 810€inc PP Profile of …
- Bike battery chargers
A couple of things found (a Topsy, for example, “runs for 7 hours on a 12 volt 30 AH battery“):
- http://www.mark-ju.net/bike_ride/equipment/charger.htm charges stack of 6Vs
- For about the same weight as a generator setup, you could get a solar charger that works whether you
are pedaling or not. Batteries.com has one that weighs .28 pounds and will