Watch for our upcoming program on geeky musician interiors. This is goto80's fireplace, floppy disk collection, and hacked teletext TV turned into a music tracker. Photo courtesy the artist.

Watch for our upcoming program on geeky musician interiors. This is goto80′s fireplace, floppy disk collection, and hacked teletext TV turned into a music tracker. Photo courtesy the artist.

It shows up on a standard (Teletext) television. It turns your remote control into a music interface. It makes glitching rhythmic music from sounds – even re-sampling bits of your TV. And then it prints your musical patterns.

That’s the wild, far-out project concocted by chip artist goto80. The result is a “tracker, artificial intelligence, speech synthesis rap, stats sucker, printer, video feedback,” and music studio for your remote control, thanks to goto80, aided by the hackery of Peter Kwan and Raquel Meyers.

Teletext may not be familiar to you depending on which part of the world you live in (and, uh, how nerdy you are about this stuff); it’s an old information retrieval system – a bit like a primitive Internet for TVs.

Full description:

Remote Control Music Studio, a music software that runs on any TV that supports teletext. You can compose music in a tracker interface, modulate it with sounds and information from any available TV-channel, use different AI-settings to morph the music, and much more. In fact, you can do anything you want!

To save the music you need to have a TV with a teletext printer, like Philips 26CS3890 used in this video. As teletext inserter I use Peter Kwan’s vbit.

Get a better look at the print-outs here: My Teletext Music Software

More teletext projects: http://goto80.com/blog/tag/teletext
Our collection of teletext graphics: text-mode Tumblr – teletext tag
Vbit: https://code.google.com/p/vbit/

The printouts from the system are lovely. In fact, these could make a nice knitted sweater whilst you sit by that roaring fire.

The printouts from the system are lovely. In fact, these could make a nice knitted sweater whilst you sit by that roaring fire.

Quote of the video:
“But it doesn’t matter. Everybody’s happy.”

Watch it in action:

Thanks to Brendan Ratliff on Twitter – @echolevel – for the tip!

  • trash80

    I’ve not seen something this good since the Acid Burger. Amazing, excellent work!

  • Nick froud

    This is utterly wonderful, what a legend.

  • Vitor Jesus

    I’m a little confused. Ok, they’re inserting the Teletext info on the TV with a special hardware gizmo (https://code.google.com/p/vbit/) , but what is making the sound?
    I think this is fake (the audio part), but I would like someone to show what is missing here.