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Product Details

  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (April 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415998735
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415998734
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,391 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Nicolas Collins, an active composer and performer of electronic music, and has worked with John Cage, Alvin Lucier, David Tudor, and many other masters of modern music. Dr. Collins is Professor of Sound at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and has led hacking workshops around the world. He has been Visiting Artistic Director of STEIM (Amsterdam) and a DAAD composer-in-residence in Berlin. Since 1997 he has been editor-in-chief of Leonardo Music Journal.


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This book has exactly what I need to go up a few levels.
Erik Bell
The author gives examples of how people have been creative with electronics before, and he inspires the reader to be creative him/herself.
mathiaho
This book is very easy to follow and has plenty of inspiring projects.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Analog Monster on August 8, 2011
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Quite simply this book is fantastic. It starts off very simply, each project is explained in a way that is easy to understand. There is a logical progression and there is enough information provided that you can start experimenting yourself - I combined and modified some of the designs to make something of my own. The chapters are interspersed with inspirational descriptions of artist's related projects, and the included DVD allows you to see many of these.

This book has given me enough basic skills and inspiration that I have caught the bug. I have been to a few electronics/music workshops over the past couple of years and if the tutor does not recommend this book a fellow student does. I have since honed my skills and I am now running my own business designing and building guitar effects pedals and synthesizer kits. Get this book, you wont regret it
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Gary Kalar on September 26, 2011
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If you're looking at this book, and reading the reviews, you are the type of person who will be really happy you bought this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mosspassion on September 24, 2011
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This book is absolutely incredible! So simply articulate to such technical things, and such interesting projects! This is just an all around well written project book. It has updated citations to things like what website to get bulk/cheap parts from and examples (on DVD, as well as other references) from many sonic artists who have tampered in related mad sciences. The different projects are diverse and well prepared.. It's just the greatest thing for a beginning sonic/electronics nerd! Can't say enough about how much I've gotten out of this book.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kirin on January 11, 2011
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As a musician with an interest in bizarre tone generators this seems like a very cool book and includes circuit-bending and circuit-building advice that I've heard many times from my electronically gifted friends. Mainly, however, I am interested in a little DIY money-saving action and this book is great for that. It's explanations of electrical phenomena is simple and easy to understand, and the sections on speakers and microphone building will pay for the cost of this book ten times over.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Erik Bell on May 29, 2014
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It's like this book was written for me. Fun, simple, incredible experiments and ideas for playing around with home-made electronic sounds. I'd spent a year playing with 555-style oscillators from the Forest Mims playbook to make synthesizers; but Forrest has musical circuits as an afterthought for his more practical electronic projects. I was at a complete standstill, full of ideas, but doing them incorrectly and getting nowhere.
This book has exactly what I need to go up a few levels. And while it's at it, tons of really fun ideas for the sound devices themselves. Put loose change in a speaker cone, hook it up to a nine volt battery, dangle some leads and see what you get! Who knew? And Nicolas writes pretty funny as well; I'd never seen a resistor/capacitor setup compared to a Monty Python sketch before.
I have one complaint about the book. There's too much cool stuff. I finish a chapter, ready to try everything, and then the next chapter has even better ideas. And then I look at all the chapters remaining and wonder where I'll find the time to do it all. I've got an online order for Jameco for which I'm afraid to hit "send" until I re-read it all again. Meanwhile, I've had a blast doing the projects from the first few chapters.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Prole on December 10, 2012
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There is a free digital version of this book but it lacks some of the very best projects and also some of the most useful information. Nic Collins makes electronics instantly accessible to non-engineers like me without removing all the theory or dumbing it down.

Most of the projects in this book rely on existing electronics thus: "the art of hardware hacking" so you probably won't be building a minimoog clone after reading this but you will know how to unlock the awesome sonic potential of the old electronics in your basement or attic.
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I was hoping for a bit more in-depth information on electronics than this book gave. It's a nice "get your feet wet" kind of book, but left me with lots of questions that I think could have been included in the book. The first half of the book wasn't very interesting to me as it talked mostly about circuit bending and hacking already made electronic noise makers.
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By T. Dill on July 1, 2014
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Best book of its kind, bar none. Not aimed squarely at solder freaks, but those with a subversive, artistic bent.
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