Keytar made out of a Commodore 64

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This best thing about this is that it uses the Commodore 64 sound chip and wasn’t just another “I crammed a bunch of stuff into a retro device case” project.


The other best thing about this is that it uses an FPGA to process the sound before the SID chip. Not many audio hackers get into FPGAs.


Jeri’s awesome :smiley:
Kinda sad her CastAR never took off, but good to see you can’t keep a good maker down!

Wait a minute, this looks familiar.

Parallel evolution, of course.


Did that thing ever play music? I only remember Harold using it to screen-wipe to the next sketch.

Not that I know of. If its precise utility and origin was ever explained, it was probably in an early episode that I missed along the way.

Someone stole Jeri’s C64 guitar a while back. Just in case you ever see it on eBay or Craigslist or on a blanket on Canal St.

If you wanted something that was booming even now, I guess you’d make equipment that did hard X-ray / advanced light source beam line experiments that also happen to be musical somehow? Or the light gizmos that are called LIDAR for self-driving cars, but are more like helical recording equipment (spinning magnet heads) with semiconductor lasers in. Are there Java apps, or…

Stuff set to soft-start on the audience’s EEG at assisted living places rather than be prescriptive tonal EEG stuff, maybe. Oh great, another coven for Soundgarden.

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