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Lo-Fi Orchestra Learns Tubular Bells

Hardware jobs frequently tumble into 3 groups: All those that flash lights, those that make appears and those people that move. This virtuoso general performance by [Kevin]’s “Lo-Fi Orchestra” manages all 3, even though performing an exceptional work of reproducing the 1973 musical classic Tubular Bells by Mike Oldfield.

Creating decent polyphonic appears of different timbres concurrently is a challenge for straightforward microcontroller boards like Arduinos, so [Kevin] has embraced the “More is more” philosophy and split up the job of seem technology in substantially the similar way as a standard orchestra may possibly. Entirely, 11 Arduino Nanos, 6 Arduino Unos, an Arduino Professional Mini, an Adafruit Feather 32u4, and a Raspberry Pi functioning MT32-Pi make up this electronic ensemble.

Arduino servo drumkit
Arduino Servo & Relay Drumkit

The servo & relay drumkit is a certain spotlight, giving some actual physical seems to go together with the in any other case solid-state era.

The complete challenge is “conducted” more than MIDI and the flashing sequencer in the middle presents a visible sign of the music that is just about hypnotic. The performance is split into two video clips (after the split), and will be acquainted to enthusiasts of 70’s songs and vintage horror movies alike. We’re astonished how accurately [Kevin] has captured the mood of the authentic recording.

If this all appears to be like marginally familiar, it might be mainly because we have protected the Lo-Fi Orchestra before, when it entertained us with a rousing rendition of Gustav Holst’s Planets Suite. If you’re more fascinated in actual Tubular Bells than synthesized ones, then examine out this MIDI-controlled set from 2013.

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