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Trash Secret

I'm making an album and music video, creating music and art from the most powerful tools human kind has ever discarded. Exploring sonically and visually the beauty found within these hidden places, and what secrets they still keep.

      
            

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My Story

Since I was a little kid, I believed that music made the world go around, and computers could change it for the better. When I was four I started playing piano, and I learned to program. My Dad brought home a computer from school, a Commodore PET, and I just loved it. I would also spend hours taking anything apart that I could get my hands on. It was magic.

This lead to a career working in technology, first as a programmer and graphic designer, and finally I would go on to work in creative marketing as a senior project manager for 13 years. 

But I never stopped taking things apart and making music. 

Then, almost 6 years ago, I learned a dark secret. 50 million tons of electronics are abandoned every year as e-waste, hurting the environment and people in unimaginable ways.

Since technology has been so good to me, I had to do something. But what could I possibly do that would make an impact? Most people don’t know, or don’t care about e-waste. 

So I made it my problem. 

That’s when I had an idea. If I could find new ways to use recycled and vintage technology, maybe others would too. This is when the dream of artists and musicians all over the world using up all the unwanted electronics in new ways began. 

For the next 5 years, I pushed the limit, trying to use all this stuff in ways never done before. I wanted to be the first to find new sounds and do things that nobody else thought to do. I created new art, hardware, and software out of recycled computer parts. 

I believe in making things, in fixing things, and in seeing the beauty of something that stood the test of time.

Most of all, I really do believe music can save the world.

What’s it All About?

This adventure on Kickstarter is about just three things.

  • Inspiration
  • Music
  • Instruments 

That's all, nothing too complicated. It's for the music lovers and music makers. 

For music lovers: I'm creating an album and video.

For music makers: I'm to sharing the instruments used to make this music.

And remember, as with all Kickstarter projects, it’s all or nothing
You only pay if the Kickstarter goal is reached

These sounds, and the first music created with them, can be heard in the Kickstarter video. 

The Music Video Premise

It's the future. Electronic trash has scarred and clogged the world. Out of the farthest corners of landscape, tiny beings come into existence. Eking out their lives in the dark and intricate rubble, for now, nobody knows their secret.

The neat trick is, although it’s my project, by freely sharing the tools I’ve created, other artists and musicians can continue to explore this world. Even I don’t know all the secrets!

The 6-Month Head Start

One more thing being made available is the actual music hardware, which is being specially built just for this album. 

You'll be the first, ahead of everyone else. I'll be releasing the musical-tools freely, under an open source or creative commons style license (where appropriate). This means that anyone in the world will be able to use them freely in their own recordings. 

But musicians, who are of this Kickstarter, will get these tools 6-months before everyone else. 

This means that you'll be one cool kids, on the bleeding edge of this movement.

What This Means to You

If you pledge, depending on what package you choose, you’ll get the rewards when the project is completed. This means that music lovers get their copies of the album and music video, and the music is released traditionally, the way any other album is released to the world. 

At the same time, when the project completes, the musical instruments are delivered to the musician pledges under a traditionally copyright, with a royalty free license to use them in their own recordings.

Then, for six months, only the musicians that pledge to be part of this Kickstarter are allowed to have and use these tools. 

Finally, after these pledged musicians have had their head start, the instruments are released to the world freely. 

The type of license, and what is released, depends on the material. 

The instruments created and sampled as soft synths are released under a creative commons license that will let any musician use, copy and share the soft synth instruments and their associated samples. 

Creative Commons, Open Source, and Free Software

Software created will be released under a free software / open source license. This will allow anyone to contribute, use and share the software and it’s source code freely. 

Hardware plans and designs created will be released under a free software / open source license. This will allow DIY makers to download and create the same hardware. 

All these releases will also include tips and tricks on where to find the parts needed through recycling computers and electronics. 

This is where the revolution begins

Musical Instruments - Hardware and Software

Effects Pedals for Guitars:
The Dragonfly
A distortion pedal made from a recycled modem and hard drive

A New Top-Secret Design 
A unique pedal, mono synth-like, but neither truly analog or digital

PetSynth and MIDI adapter for Vintage Computers

Commodore PET
Commodore VIC-20
Commodore 64
Based on the original PetSynth software I created. A monophonic synth, and hardware adapter to provide a MIDI interface, for Commodore computers. Connects through the user port on Commodore computers. Helps unlock previously unused voices on the above computers. 

Nintendo Entertainment System (NES)
Based on the original PetSynth software I created. A monophonic synth, and hardware adapter to provide a MIDI interface, for the original NES. A typical cartridge provides the software. MIDI connects through the controller port on the NES. The cartridge does not have special hardware, or any wires that hang out of the front of the NES, and will be released as open-source. 

BBC Micro
Based on the original PetSynth software I created. A monophonic synth, and hardware adapter to provide a MIDI interface, for Commodore computers. Connects through the a port on BBC Micro computers (user port or parallel port to-be-determined). 

Apple IIGS Stereo Card 
A stereo adapter for the Apple IIGS. Originally designed from a multiplexing chip found in CD-ROM’s. New design from better multiplexers found in some KVM switches will be implemented. Will connect to the internal sound expansion port in the IIGS. There is the possibility of a board that fits between the sound chip and motherboard, to provide better sound quality and balanced outputs.  However, not all Apple IIGS systems have a socketed sound chip (some are soldered) and the feasibility needs to be further explored. Exact details to-be-determined, but a demo of the original design can be seen and heard in the Kickstarter video (above). 

Guide to Macro Technology Photography and How to use and old CD-ROM to take Microscopic Pictures on a Mobile Phone

A guide that helps people to use their camera or mobile phone to take pictures like the ones seen in the Kickstarter video (above). This would include macro photography tips and tricks, as well as a guide to using an old CD-ROM to safely modify a mobile phone camera to act as a microscope. This process is not permanent, and the mobile phone is not taken apart or damaged. Can be done by anyone easily with this guide.

Musical Instruments - Sampler Patches

Supported Software

  • Logic & Garage Band
  • Kontact
  • Raw sample files for users to import into their own samplers.

Organic Acoustic & EMF Sounds

Samples of acoustic and electromagnetic sounds of computers, video games and technology, and soft synth patches created for mainstream samples. How many patches, and what will be samples, will be determined through the process of creating the album. Expect approximately 10 or more unique patches. This may be the sounds of hitting or bowing hard drive platters, heat sinks, and other parts of old computer and electronics. 

Samples of Hardware and Software projects (above) as Soft Synths

Samples of various computers, electronics, and video game parts, and software synth patches

Systems Sampled:

  • Commodore PET
  • Commodore VIC-20
  • Commodore 64
  • Nintendo Entertainment System (NES)
  • BBC Micro
  • Apple IIGS created Instruments sampled
  • Selected Guitar sound samples and hits through the Effects Pedals in this project: The Dragonfly and the New Yet Unnamed effect

If you have any questions, please feel free to message me. 

The Dragonfly Guitar Pedal - A History

When I started making music on vintage computer and video games, I wanted something more. I wanted effects that were themselves also made from recycled technology in some way. 

I looked through the guts of an old computer, and I studied the modem, and decided that it would be sacrificed to the Gods of Rock! Using only parts for a single, old modem, I created what would eventually become The Dragonfly.

After designing and experimenting, I came upon a design and sound that I thought was a lot of fun. This is the first version. It ended up in a small wooden box.

After showing it to friends and family, they were really starting to get excited. But I couldn’t really make more and put them in all in wooden boxes. Maybe there’s something else inside the computer we can recycle. How about a hard drive?

Here’s a second prototype, built to fit inside a hard drive case. Added now are some standard guitar effects controls.

Here’s a third prototype. Now there’s a proper foot-switch, and an experimental paint job. I wanted to create a design that would be highly resistant to RF and other types of inference.

Here’s the first PCB circuit boards I ever etched, and using only about 5 ml of etching solution! I originally started setting up the circuit in Eagle, however, it was just taking too long, so that night while I was laying in bed trying to fall asleep I designed the layout in my head.

The next morning I fired up Photoshop instead and just drew it out by hand. To my surprise I didn’t make any mistakes. Even the double-sided alignment was bang-on. This is fun!

Now there’s the issue of labels. I wanted to do something different, but still be able to design in full-color in Adobe Illustrator. After testing out an idea, I was able to transfer directly to the acrylic. No need for silk-screening. Alright!

What would this world be without logos? Cyberdyne, Initech, Protovision, Encom, Reynholm Industries... everybody’s got to have a logo, right? Here’s a first sketch of the Flytrap Gear logo.

I also need more of these little chips from the modems. But most of them are very tiny surface mount parts. Here’s where I used a Dremel tool to build some adapter my hand, using the scrap area of a few old circuit boards.

Now that the new circuit is mounted, it needs to be wired up. All those black wires keep the signal nice and clean, and shields it from interference and noise. The white wires are all the ground wires, and come to a single point on the circuit board. This helps ensure we don’t get any ground loops while using our pedal. Even the black signal wires are grounded in this way.

For the final touch, the “Sizzle” switch gets a skull make-over. Ya gotta have skulls! It’s the law.

Here’s a set of fully finished pedals, made completely by hand. Notice the iridescent cables, complete with matching labels. It’s all in the details.

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Progress and Final Delivery

This guitar pedal, is mostly complete. The remainder of the development will take place once this Kickstarter campaign is funded.

The remaining steps are:

Change the foot switch to support and include a bypass LED light Order any needed parts Begin handmade production This guitar pedal does come with a fully finished enclosure.

New Guitar Pedal - Top Secret!

This pedal is the newest pedal I've designed.

I can't give it all away, but I've done something totally new. I've created a pedal that makes your guitar sound crazy! It's hard to describe, but it has an 8-bit feel to it, and is best compared to a mono-synth. However, it is neither digital nor analog. It uses chips from a DEC PDP-11 computer, but it does naughty things with them. Horribly naughty and inappropriate things that these chips were never meant to do. :-)

I took my inspiration from Woz (Steve Wozniak - co-founder of Apple) and they way he designed his blue box to generate more tones than it should because he was able to exploit properties of the chips weren't supposed to generate more sounds, but did. This is my humble attempt at a clever hack, in homage to Woz and his amazing Mozart-like ability to explore circuits in his head to do new things.

This is my newest design, and this pedal is still in the breadboard stage.

However, this pedal will benefit from all the work and experience from building the prototypes from The Dragonfly. It will have a similar size and shape, use a hard drive for a case, an acrylic faceplate, and take advantage of my unique super-secret full color plastic printing techniques.

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Progress and Final Delivery

This guitar pedal, is in the prototyping stage.  The remainder of the development will take place once this Kickstarter campaign is funded.

The remaining steps are:

  • Finish the prototype
  • Create a PCB layout 
  • Create the graphics and interface layout (knobs, switches, etc)
  • Create a first version prototype using the PCB 
  • Address any tweaking needed
  • Update PCB and create another prototype
  • Order any outstanding parts
  • Begin handmade production 

This guitar pedal does come with a fully finished enclosure. 

The PetSynth MIDI adapter - A History

I originally programmed PetSynth to work on the Commodore PET, but in the back of my mind, I think I always knew I was eventually going to build a MIDI adapter for it. 

At first I tried a PIC microcontroller and got it reading MIDI data. But I didn't like that it would more difficult for people to make their own version from my designs and plans. So I decided to restart the project on the easy and popular Arduino platform. 

I wanted this project to be easy to build for anyone, but I also wanted it to be easily built for as many systems as possible. Specifically, I wanted systems that weren't computers, like video game consoles, to be able to work with it. 

Most retro technology MIDI interfaces expose everything on the chip to the MIDI interface. This means that all the effects need to be manually entered into the recording system (Logic, ProTools, Cubase, etc...) However, since most retro music and sound chips only supported around three voices (or oscillators), I felt that having another polyphonic solution wasn't unique, interesting, or as useful. 

What I wanted was something that was good for: 

Performing in a live setting. Pick a patch, and start playing.

Programming effects outside of performing. I wanted to focus on the creativity of making unique sounds and effects at the programming level, and then having a preset or patch number that I can later when performing.

To do this, I decided that a mono-synth approach would be the best solution, for several reasons: 

- Just copy, paste, and upload! It’s easy to build for people using an Arduino. As a single Arduino sketch, and you can literally copy and paste from a web page and into your Arduino editor. There's *no* extra files to install.

- Easy to write or port music software and getting it working on other computers or video game consoles

- Easy to wire-up to the computer or video game system 

- Easy to debug using LED's while programming without needing to be plugged into a vintage computer or video game

- Easy to understand the interface, and possible inspire people to do other things with it, like control lights or motors, etc... *without* needing the change the software. You can just program the right notes in your music program to control the lights, motors, etc...

- Easy for the vintage computer or video game system to speed it's CPU time and energy on making cool effects, not processing MIDI data

- Easy to keep latency low, by keeping the MIDI running status implementation on the Arduino. 

- Easy to avoid any MIDI buffering problems on the computer side, as the Arduino serial port has it's own buffering. This also avoids using any interrupts, making the software easier to people new to Arduino to understand.

So how was this done? I simply have the Arduino take in MIDI notes, do the running status decoding as per the MIDI specifications, and have the interface remember what notes are being held down, and in what order. Finally, the most recently pressed, and currently held down note, is output as a MIDI note in binary on 7 pins. Additionally, the status of the modulation wheel is sent out as 1 pin as well. This gives us 8 bits, which is exactly what we get on parallel ports, user ports, and video game systems (more on that later). 

It was easy to get this up and running quickly, and using LED's and leaving the Arduino plugged into my desktop computer, made it easy to work in without switching back and forth. 

When it came time to work on the vintage computer, I used the Commodore PET's built in basic, to check in a little loop, the data on the user port. The user port has 8 lines which can be configured as inputs. 

Then, once the first version of the adapter was just good enough, I started updating the PetSynth software to read that user port for the MIDI value, in a similar way that the keyboard is read.

Finally, I made a prototype out of pre-made PCB board, and wired up everything like the breadboard version. I also updated the software and hardware so that the MIDI channel could be set externally with some jumpers or switches. 

Since the system works in the way it does, with the MIDI note currently held down being a set of 7 wires, it's possible in theory (although I haven't tired it yet) to split these wires and send them to multiple computers without having to have multiple Arduino adapters (doing this would probably require an extra IC for buffering each system). This would make one giant mono-synth out of several computers at the same time. Again, I haven't done this and this feature is not a part of this Kickstarter. But it would be cool. :-)

I performed a live demonstration with this adapter at World of Commodore 2013 in December and everything worked without a problem. 

Shown here is what a setup on the Pet looks like. The final version of the MIDI adapter will have a power connector to the tape port on Commodore computers. On the BBC system, there is 5 volts on the user port for power. There is also an external USB port for Arduino programming that can also be used to externally power the adapter instead of using the computer. On the Nintendo Entertainment System, an external adapter will have to be used.

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Progress and Final Delivery - For Commodore Computers

This MIDI adapter is mostly complete. The remainder of the development will take place once this Kickstarter campaign is funded.

The remaining steps are:

  • Create a PCB layout
  • Create a first version prototype using the PCB
  • Update PCB and create another prototype (if required)
  • Port and test the PetSynth software to work with the Commodore VIC-20 and Commodore 64 (currently already working on the PET)
  • Begin handmade production

Please note: this MIDI hardware adapter does not come with an enclosure or case. This is beyond the scope of this project. 

Progress and Final Delivery - For BBC Micro Computers

This MIDI adapter is mostly complete. The remainder of the development will take place once this Kickstarter campaign is funded.

The remaining steps are:

  • Modify the design to use the user port connector of the BBC Micro
  • Test this design with a simple test program on a BBC Micro
  • Create a PCB layout
  • Create a first version prototype using the PCB
  • Update PCB and create another prototype (if required)
  • Port the PetSynth software to work with this system
  • Begin handmade production

Please note: this MIDI hardware adapter does not come with an enclosure or case. This is beyond the scope of this project.

Progress and Final Delivery - For Nintendo Entertainment System (NES)

This MIDI adapter is mostly complete. The remainder of the development will take place once this Kickstarter campaign is funded.

The remaining steps are:

  • Modify the design to use the controller port on the NES
  • Test this design with a simple test program cartridge
  • Create a PCB layout
  • Create a first version prototype using the PCB
  • Update PCB and create another prototype (if required)
  • Port the PetSynth software to work with this system
  • Begin handmade production

Please note: this MIDI hardware adapter does not come with an enclosure or case. This is beyond the scope of this project.

Please note: The PetSynth software currently exists for the Commodore PET only. The software will be ported to all other systems that are part of this project once this Kickstarter campaign is funded.

Progress and Final Delivery - For The Apple IIGS Stereo Card

The current prototype is currently built and working. The remainder of the development will take place once this Kickstarter campaign is funded.

The remaining steps are:

  • Update the design to use better components
  • Test this design for sound quality
  • Create a PCB layout
  • Create a first version prototype using the PCB 
  • Update PCB and create another prototype (if required)
  • Begin handmade production 

Please note: this card is designed to be installed inside the Apple IIGS. There is no enclousure for it. 

The Final Product

The final versions of all the hardware rewards delivered as part of this Kickstarter, will be handmade. The final product will be a combination of new and recycled electronic components and parts, and will be tested thoroughly by me to ensure they sound great and are durable. I will etch the PCB myself, and I have already stockpiled many of the needed components that can be from recycled electronics. I have specifically designed the hardware, put this project together, in such a way that I know that I can personally build everything within the timeframe given. 

For the guitar pedal, they will have shiny new acrylic faceplates with printing that is high quality and hand transferred using a secret technique I developed just for the purpose of full color, low-volume handmade production. You can see an example of the final printing in the close-up pictures of The Dragonfly on this page. 

For the MIDI adapters, they will also be handmade. The PCBs will also be etched by hand and all assembly and soldering will be done by me. The MIDI adapter will not come with any case, as unfortunately this is outside the scope of this Kickstarter. They will be designed as a combination of an Arduino Leonardo (or equivalent Arduino compatible board) with the MIDI adapter add-on included and assembled. So you'll be able to update the software in the future, or replace the Arduino Leonardo board if you'd like. The package you choose for your system will determine the connectors that are included, so you'll be able to use them right away. 

The Plan & Timeframe Details

I based this project on the fact that I can do all the work myself delivering the final hardware products. Even much of the parts needed I have already put aside for this project. There will be some parts that must be ordered, for which I have planned some shipping time for me to get the parts. 

Here is a breakdown of the plan and timeline:

Mid-January 2014

Kickstarter reaches it's goal and finishes. I will now the final counts for all the hardware rewards that need to be built. Final prototyping and debugging takes place, and the final designs are locked down. I take an inventory of the parts I already have, and can order what is outstanding. Once the prototypes are finished, I can also start the process of sketching out music, as well as developing the story for the music video. Footage and material for a making-of video is also started here. 

Mid-February

Any outstanding parts required have arrived and production of the handmade hardware begins. These 2 months will be spent mostly dedicated to this task, based on what hardware rewards people have pledged. I have limited the maximums for each reward based on my own capacity to build the hardware. 

Mid-April

Having built the hardware, I can now work on the rest of the album and music video. Depending on how much money is raised outside of hardware will determine how ambitious this phase of the project will be. This is the stage where the recording of the samples used to build the sampler instruments takes place, so they can also be used in the music. This is also when the sets in the miniature technology world are built and primary shooting of the video begins. 

Mid-June

With shooting and music production finished, post-production begins. This is where the video gets edited and the music gets mixed and mastered, and put into the video. This refinement phase has been time-boxed into a month so that I don't obsess over the details forever (as many artists are prone to do). This is also part of the creative constraint, to push the creative process forward in exciting ways, keeping it bleeding-edge. A making of a short mini-documentary is also put editing and finalized here. 

Mid-July

The hardware is packaged ready for shipping. The album and music packages are also completed and packaged. The designs, source code, and other materials are put together for the people who get these rewards. Finally, everything is shipped, uploaded, and ready to rock & roll!

End-of-July

After everyone on the team has received their copy of the music and music video, the music and music video are launched through the traditional media channels. 

Next December 2014

Now the 6-month head start has completed, the rest of the world gets the designs, source code, and other materials as stated in the Kickstarter. Now everyone can turn recycled technology into music and art. 

Get involved. Change the world. Pledge today!

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Risks and challenges

The risks on this project are very low, because the scope of the project will scale up easily if the funding goal is surpassed. The goal set is the minimum budget needed to produce a video and album, as well as new instruments, to a level of quality that will get people excited to use these tools and become involved in this movement.

More funding means more songs, better quality recording, and more software synth instruments being created for musicians, and more depth and detail to the music video.

My dream is to exceed the funding goal by enough to get premium equipment to record all the acoustic instruments I’d like to create. It’s the difference between using a standard microphone to record hitting some hard drive platters, and using world class studio microphones to record all the different ways you can use a violin bow to play hard drive platters from as many different hard drives as possible.

It’s the difference between making something great, and making something ground breaking, that any artist and producer in the world would consider using on their own hit records.

I’m hoping that those artists and producers will pledge to have the quality, and the 6-month head start, so that when it’s made freely available to the rest of the world, the level of quality that surprises and delights fans and musicians alike.

In short, the project will scale dynamically, so that the more people that get involved, the cooler the project becomes. Depending on how much is raised, there may be opportunities to get the best bang-of-the-buck. For example, getting more or less studio time, finding better or more economical studios, investing in equipment, or renting special gear for specific situations. It all depends on reaching the goal, and how far we can exceed that goal together.

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    FOR MUSIC MAKERS - DELUXE PACKAGE DVD OF FILES AND DESIGNS AS WELL AS TAPE VERSIONS OF PETSYNTH FOR SUPPORTED SYSTEMS. This is a deluxe DVD and tape package that contains the latest and greatest PetSynth software. It also contains plans and source code for building your own version for the MIDI hardware. Please note: this package contains PLANS ONLY for the MIDI adapter. This package does NOT INCLUDE any MIDI hardware. If you would like hardware, there is a pledge and reward for that which you can find below. Applies to the following systems: Commodore PET, Commodore VIC-20, Commodore 64, BBC Micro, Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) (NOTE: There is no tape version for this system as it does not commonly have a tape drive), as well as the stereo card hardware plans for building your own Apple IIGS Stereo card, and the guitar effects pedals hardware plans for The Dragonfly and the New Top Secret design. This package will also contain tips and tricks for finding the electronic components needed to recycle your own electronics into rock'n'roll gear. This package is perfect you if you have a compatible vintage computer but don't want the hassle of transferring internet downloads to tapes.

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    FOR MUSIC LOVERS - DELUXE LIMITED EDITION - SIGNED AND NUMBERED - HARDCOPY & DOWNLOAD OF ALBUM AND MUSIC VIDEO as AUDIO CD, DVD & DATA CD WITH FILES IN COMMON FORMATS (MP3, MP4, MOV, FLAC). Also includes bonus tracks exclusive to this Kickstarter. You'll get the album and video ONE FULL WEEK before it's released to the rest of the world. This additionally includes a making-of video, a fun insiders look at the miniature dollhouse sets and unique recording processes used to create the organic acoustic and EMF sounds.

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    FOR MUSIC MAKERS - DELUXE DVD VERSION OF SAMPLER INSTRUMENTS - All the sampler instruments created for this album - so you can use them in your own music. This is both a sampling of vintage computers as well as the acoustic and EMF recordings (details on the Kickstarter page and in the video). In formats for Kontakt, Logic, and Garage Band. Additionally, the raw samples will be provided, so you're free to import them into your own applications.

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    FOR MUSIC MAKERS - CARTRIDGE VERSION OF THE MONO-SYNTH PETSYNTH FOR THE COMMODORE VIC-20. This is the latest and greatest PetSynth software on a cartridge. Just plug it in and go! This package also INCLUDES ALL DOWNLOAD PACKAGES ABOVE for the album and sampler download packages. GOES GREAT WITH THE MIDI ADAPTER!

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    FOR MUSIC MAKERS - CARTRIDGE VERSION OF THE MONO-SYNTH PETSYNTH FOR THE COMMODORE 64. This is the latest and greatest PetSynth software on a cartridge. Just plug it in and go! This package also INCLUDES ALL DOWNLOAD PACKAGES ABOVE for the album and sampler download packages. GOES GREAT WITH THE MIDI ADAPTER!

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    FOR MUSIC MAKERS - CARTRIDGE VERSION OF THE MONO-SYNTH PETSYNTH FOR THE NINTENDO ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM (NES). This is the latest and greatest PetSynth software on a cartridge. Just plug it in and go! This package also INCLUDES ALL DOWNLOAD PACKAGES ABOVE for the album and sampler download packages. GOES GREAT WITH THE MIDI ADAPTER!

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    FOR MUSIC MAKERS - COMPANION MIDI ADAPTER TO THE MONO-SYNTH PETSYNTH FOR THE COMMODORE PET. This is the latest and greatest PetSynth based MIDI adapter for the Commodore PET computer. Just plug it in and go! This package also INCLUDES ALL DOWNLOAD PACKAGES ABOVE for the album and sampler download packages. PLEASE NOTE: There is no cartridge support on common Commodore PET computers. GOES GREAT WITH THE FLOPPY OR TAPE VERSION OF THE PETSYNTH SOFTWARE!

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    FOR MUSIC MAKERS - COMPANION MIDI ADAPTER TO THE MONO-SYNTH PETSYNTH FOR THE COMMODORE VIC-20. This is the latest and greatest PetSynth based MIDI adapter for the Commodore VIC-20 computer. Just plug it in and go! This package also INCLUDES ALL DOWNLOAD PACKAGES ABOVE for the album and sampler download packages. GOES GREAT WITH THE CARTRIDGE VERSION OF THE PETSYNTH SOFTWARE!

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    FOR MUSIC MAKERS - COMPANION MIDI ADAPTER TO THE MONO-SYNTH PETSYNTH FOR THE COMMODORE 64. This is the latest and greatest PetSynth based MIDI adapter for the Commodore 64 computer. Just plug it in and go! This package also INCLUDES ALL DOWNLOAD PACKAGES ABOVE for the album and sampler download packages. GOES GREAT WITH THE CARTRIDGE VERSION OF THE PETSYNTH SOFTWARE!

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    FOR MUSIC MAKERS - COMPANION MIDI ADAPTER TO THE MONO-SYNTH PETSYNTH FOR THE BBC MICRO. This is the latest and greatest PetSynth based MIDI adapter for the BBC MICRO computer. Just plug it in and go! This package also INCLUDES ALL DOWNLOAD PACKAGES ABOVE for the album and sampler download packages. GOES GREAT WITH THE CARTRIDGE VERSION OF THE PETSYNTH SOFTWARE! PLEASE NOTE: There is no cartridge support on common BBC Micro computers. GOES GREAT WITH THE FLOPPY OR TAPE VERSION OF THE PETSYNTH SOFTWARE!

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    FOR MUSIC MAKERS - COMPANION MIDI ADAPTER TO THE MONO-SYNTH PETSYNTH FOR THE NINTENDO ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM (NES). This is the latest and greatest PetSynth based MIDI adapter for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). Just plug it in to controller port and go! This package also INCLUDES ALL DOWNLOAD PACKAGES ABOVE for the album and sampler download packages. GOES GREAT WITH THE CARTRIDGE VERSION OF THE PETSYNTH SOFTWARE!

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    Pledge CA$ 75 or more About $71

    FOR MUSIC LOVERS - DELUXE LIMITED EDITION WITH T-SHIRT - SIGNED AND NUMBERED - HARDCOPY & DOWNLOAD OF ALBUM AND MUSIC VIDEO as AUDIO CD, DVD & DATA CD WITH FILES IN COMMON FORMATS (MP3, MP4, MOV, FLAC). Also includes bonus tracks exclusive to this Kickstarter. You'll get the album and video ONE FULL WEEK before it's released to the rest of the world. This additionally includes a making-of video, a fun insiders look at the miniature dollhouse sets and unique recording processes used to create the organic acoustic and EMF sounds.

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    FOR MUSIC LOVERS - EXCLUSIVE ART PRINT FROM VIDEO PRODUCTION - SIGNED AND NUMBERED. This is a high-resolution art print photograph on taken of a scene from the music video during production. Will look amazing and inspire conversation in any home or office. Also includes DIGITAL DOWNLOADS OF ALBUM AND MUSIC VIDEO above.

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    Pledge CA$ 75 or more About $71

    FOR MUSIC MAKERS - DELUXE DVD VERSION OF SAMPLER INSTRUMENTS & T-SHIRT - All the sampler instruments created for this album - so you can use them in your own music. This is both a sampling of vintage computers as well as the acoustic and EMF recordings (details on the Kickstarter page and in the video). In formats for Kontakt, Logic, and Garage Band. Additionally, the raw samples will be provided, so you're free to import them into your own applications.

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    FOR MUSIC MAKERS - APPLE IIGS STEREO CARD - A stereo adapter for the Apple IIGS. Will connect to the internal sound expansion port in the IIGS and sit in a slot for power. This package also INCLUDES ALL DOWNLOAD PACKAGES ABOVE for the album and sampler download packages.

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    Pledge CA$ 250 or more About $236

    FOR MUSIC MAKERS - GUITAR PEDAL - DRAGONFLY DISTORTION PEDAL - A distortion pedal made from a recycled modem and hard drive. Works great with guitars as well as vintage computers and video games. Also includes DIGITAL DOWNLOADS OF ALBUM AND MUSIC VIDEO above.

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    Pledge CA$ 250 or more About $236

    FOR MUSIC MAKERS - GUITAR PEDAL - NEW TOP SECRET DESIGN - A pedal made from a recycled recycled chips from a DEC PDP-11, this pedal sounds unlike anything else. Best to check it out in the Kickstarter video. Can only be described as similar to a mono-synth pedal, but is neither analog or digital. Works great with guitars as well as vintage computers and video games. Also includes DIGITAL DOWNLOADS OF ALBUM AND MUSIC VIDEO above.

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    Pledge CA$ 500 or more About $472

    FOR MUSIC MAKERS - CUSTOM PERSONALIZED GRAPHICS GUITAR PEDAL - DRAGONFLY DISTORTION PEDAL - This is a custom version of the regular pedal. Send me your graphics and I will make print the full colour graphics of your choosing and even create a custom shape to the face plate of the pedal. I will send a template and work with you to come up with a design you'll love. Please note: nothing excessively offensive can be made - get it touch - we'll figure it something out. This is a distortion pedal made from a recycled modem and hard drive. Works great with guitars as well as vintage computers and video games. Also includes DIGITAL DOWNLOADS OF ALBUM AND MUSIC VIDEO above.

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    Pledge CA$ 500 or more About $472

    FOR MUSIC MAKERS - CUSTOM PERSONALIZED GRAPHICS GUITAR PEDAL - This is a custom version of the regular pedal. Send me your graphics and I will make print the full colour graphics of your choosing and even create a custom shape to the face plate of the pedal. I will send a template and work with you to come up with a design you'll love. Please note: nothing excessively offensive can be made - get it touch - we'll figure it something out. A pedal made from a recycled recycled chips from a DEC PDP-11, this pedal sounds unlike anything else. Best to check it out in the Kickstarter video. Can only be described as similar to a mono-synth pedal, but is neither analog or digital. Works great with guitars as well as vintage computers and video games. Also includes DIGITAL DOWNLOADS OF ALBUM AND MUSIC VIDEO above.

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    Pledge CA$ 2,500 or more About $2,360

    FOR THE TRULY EPIC MUSIC MAKER - GET THE ACTUAL COMMODORE PET USED TO MAKE THE ALBUM, MODIFIED AND ENHANCED WITH PETSYNTH HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE, AND CUSTOMIZED TO BE READY TO ROCK IN YOUR STUDIO OR ON TOUR. This will be the Commodore PET used to record the music for the album. It will have: A custom faceplate label, MIDI adapter, sound adapter for stereo, an SD CARD based storage device, and loaded with PetSynth software. READY TO GO OUT OF THE BOX!

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    Pledge CA$ 5,000 or more About $4,719

    FOR THE TRULY EPIC - A CUSTOM APPLE I REPLICA WITH CUSTOM SOUND & MIDI HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE - This is the machine Woz designed and that inspired Jobs to create Apple "in the garage" back in 1976. Using a Mimeo replica Apple I PCB by Mike Willegal, and vintage components, I will custom create synthesizer software and hardware to run on on the Apple I. This work will ONLY BE DONE if someone makes THIS PARTICULAR PLEDGE. The hardware and software code and files would be released as open source / creative commons / free software packages ONLY if this is pledged. As with the rest of this Kickstarter, there will be a 6 month delay before the rest of the world gets the files as open source / creative commons / free software. In theory, this hardware and software would run on a real original Apple I. This pledge could possibly make you the FIRST AND ONLY PERSON IN THE WORLD to have an open source, MIDI enabled, Apple I based synthesizer. THIS WOULD BE USED IN THE ACTUAL MAKING OF THE ALBUM, BE FEATURED IN SOME OF THE SCENES OF THE MUSIC VIDEO, AND BE A TRUE COLLECTORS ITEM! LET'S MAKE THIS ONE HAPPEN!

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    Pledge CA$ 8,000 or more About $7,550

    FOR THE TRULY EPIC - A PICTURE OF YOURSELF IN ONE OF THE MINIATURE DOLLHOUSE SETS USED IN MAKING THE MUSIC VIDEO! We'll work out the details of the picture you want to use once the story boards are complete. It might be in a picture frame prop, in newspaper, or on a miniature TV or computer screen. PIGGY BACK YOUR FACE ON WHAT COULD BE THE NEXT BIG VIRAL MUSIC VIDEO!

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    Pledge CA$ 8,000 or more About $7,550

    FOR THE TRULY EPIC - GET YOUR PRODUCT IN THE MUSIC VIDEO AS A MINIATURE DOLLHOUSE PROP - Nothing makes a miniature scene come to life the way real life products do. Instead of me using a generic box of cereal, or a made-up branding and packaging of tiny paper towels, or a tiny bottle of "cola", why not support the cause and promote your brand. PIGGY BACK YOUR PRODUCT ON WHAT COULD BE THE NEXT BIG VIRAL MUSIC VIDEO!

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    Pledge CA$ 8,000 or more About $7,550

    FOR THE TRULY EPIC - EXECUTIVE PRODUCER CREDIT ON THE ALBUM AND MUSIC VIDEO. Support the cause, and let everyone know you're a world-class benefactor. PIGGY BACK YOUR NAME ON WHAT COULD BE THE NEXT BIG VIRAL MUSIC VIDEO!

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