Circuit bent box containing Musini, sampler and ELC piano

This box basically consists of three sections: A modified Musini, which is a baby toy originally intended to get toddlers dancing around the living room. A sensor detects floor vibrations and matches the tempo accordingly, or as the manufacturer puts it: “Musini’s patented MusicSensor detects their every move and translates it into a totally unique musical response, teaching cause and effect.” New knobs and switches have been added to create strange new sounds that would probably frighten the previous small owner of the toy. The second section is a simple lo-fi sampler that can record up to 20 seconds of audio, either as one long sound or four shorter ones. The sounds can then be looped and the pitch altered. The third section is a modified Early Learning Centre ‘animal piano’, which can be used to create blips, crunches and bleeps which contrast nicely with the mellow sweeping sounds of the Musini. This section could also be useful for communicating with a pet dog, cat or bird. The box was commissioned by Norman Fairbanks (www.normanfairbanks.com), after a few e-mails discussing the types of sounds he was looking for. There should be some higher-quality audio samples on my website at some point, and Norman is planning on creating some new music with the box, which is exciting. Please get in touch if you have a project in mind!