A digital re-imagining of the hand-powered music box

Richardson, Michael (2016) A digital re-imagining of the hand-powered music box. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This project aims to capture the essence of the traditional hand-cranked music box and reproduce it using modern technologies and techniques. This project will aim to produce an artefact similar in appearance and functional use to the traditional music box, but offering the ability to generate distinct harmonic and rhythmic phrases upon each use, the content of which determined in part by the power generated by the connected hand-crank. Recent developments in computer and microcontroller technologies allow software capable of generating sound according to a set of algorithms to be installed in a casing similarly sized to a traditional music box, enabling the artefact to operate as a single sound generation unit, requiring only connection to a power source and speakers. All of these elements allow for the creation of an interactive music generator, requiring no technical or musical knowledge to operate, yet generating complex and varying rhythms and harmonies. A proof of concept was developed over several months that represents the realisation of these aims, whilst also enabling future development of the concept into a full aesthetic fusion of antique style sensibilities with the modern technological advances.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Creative Technologies
    Depositing User: Beth Atkins
    Date Deposited: 05 Aug 2016 15:01
    Last Modified: 05 Aug 2016 15:01
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/21422

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