The Kraslophone

What do you get when you cross a circa-1970s electronic organ with the SID chip out of a Commodore 64? That, my friends, is a question that has plagued me for many years, ever since YouTube user lftkryo started posting videos of his electronic organ-turned-8 bit synthesizer dubbed The Chipophone.

The hardest part wasn't finding the 6581 chip, as a collector of obsolete technology I have a couple broken Commodore 64s kicking around, but rather finding an electronic organ. Most of what I saw kicking around the internet ran in to the triple digits, which is far too much for something I'm just going to rip apart anyway. As luck would have it, the lady and I stumbled across some Boxing Day road treasure, and I could finally have my answer.

This subsite/section/whatever the cool kids are calling it these days will chronicle my various successes and failures at ripping basically everything out of the old organ and replacing it with a couple open-source microcontrollers running far too much of my software on rickety circuits I cobbled together in front of my television.

If this kind of thing appeals to you (and honestly, why wouldn't it?), I've broken my work up in to a few different sections and, thanks to the wonder that is Drupal's book module, will be able to lead you on a somewhat linear journey as we take something completely impractical and turn it in to something useless.

As this thing is still wildly incomplete, expect lots of things in this little subsite or whatever to change as the final version solidifies. Until then, have fun, and remember to tip your waitress.

If you don't feel like following the navigation block in the top right, here are some interesting places to go after here: