Commodore 64 Keytar!
Jordan Bartee is a musician, circuit bender and and electronic tinkerer. In a moment of
insanity genius, he decided to grab a Commodore 64 and a MIDI keyboard, and then combine them with the MIDIbox SID platform to create the greatest keytar ever… which he’s dubbed the “Giana 64”.
When I was a young boy I had the misfortune of being utterly obsessed with a topic that my peers found variously boring, perplexing, or simply vaporous: boxes. Specifically, boxes inside of other boxes, arranged in an infinite string of self-similar, recursive splendor. I remember spending long hours after school organizing my substantial collection of boxes by size from largest to smallest, placing each box inside its predecessor. I wasn’t sure exactly what was so fascinating about the activity except that it seemed to get at the heart of some profundity that I couldn’t quite access verbally, but seemed persistent and true none-the-less.
Here’s a video of the contraption in action:
- commodore 64 synth keyboard