instrument-a-day 24: basse aux pieds

Yesterday I found out about a 19th century instrument, a kind of floor accordion called the basse aux pieds (foot bass). So I made a little digital one.

More about the basse aux pieds, the real one, on youtube: “It’s a truly Belgian instrument.”

instrument-a-day 24: basse aux pieds
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instrument-a-day 27: remote control

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That harpsichord bit at the beginning kind of sounds like Dead Can Dance, no?

An IR decoder plugged into an Arduino intercepts codes transmitted by remote controls. Simple software uses the manufacturer code to choose a MIDI channel, and the button code to choose a note. It plays a single percussive note for remote codes it can’t understand, like the Bose.

That synthesizer is 25 years old, and the NAD remote control probably almost the same.
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