Earlier than you begin studying this text, go forward and push play on Linus Åkesson’s Youtube video (opens in new tab) I’ve embedded above. The madman who took a Commodore 64 and turned it right into a Theremin (opens in new tab) has achieved it once more, however this time it is double the C64 to make a tremendous chip tuned accordion. If I hadn’t already misplaced my thoughts over this man’s final creation, it will be being completely blown to smithereens by this new marvel.As reported by Fudzilla (opens in new tab), this keyboard accordion does extra than simply play some severely cool music, it additionally has fairly a number of modifications that make it an interesting musical instrument. As per a traditional accordion, the left facet performs melodies whereas the suitable offers chords. However Åkesson has added a number of further options that are laid out on his web site (opens in new tab).On this brilliantly named commodordion, the suitable facet has additionally been constructed as a looping machine, permitting rhythms and chord progressions to not solely be pre performed and looped, but additionally adjusted on the fly. That is a beautiful concept for any accordion arrange, even when it is not made out of two outdated gaming machines.Due to the addition of the machines, this accordion does require some type of energy to make noise. To attain this, Åkesson makes use of a customized energy provide that boots each the C64s and masses specifically written software program onto each machines. That is all labored out so no show is required, and as an alternative solely stunning music stays.To get even nerdier, the bellows or center squeezy a part of the accordion is made of an entire lot of 5.25 floppy discs which have been sliced up and taped collectively. They management the amount of the accordion, and on this case there is a gap drilled into them. Simply outdoors of the opening is a microphone that is selecting up the air pushing out of the bellows, and adjusts the amount. You will get a have a look at this course of in the course of the montage portion of the video, the place you possibly can witness the devastation of many floppy disks. There’s additionally a full detailed explainer on how the instrument works within the story part, which talks in regards to the coding, energy provide, and bellows microphone trick in far more element.Sadly, one of many greatest downsides of this venture is that in its present type the commodordion is not very sensible. Åkesson explains that it is uncomfortable to play because of the weight in addition to the place of the keys of the C64. Nonetheless, with such an incredible sound and effectively thought out use of a looping facet, I am hoping we’ll see a extra refined model sometime down the road. If you happen to’d additionally prefer to see some extra superb instrument creations, supporting Åkesson is a confirmed technique to make that occur. You may subscribe to his YouTube channel (opens in new tab), and hit him up on Patreon (opens in new tab) or Regular (opens in new tab).