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Nov232016

Music to watch Oscilloscopes by

Sometimes my videos form a bridge between the mainstream and the obscure. People often suggest video topics to me, and then that video in turn introduces a whole new audience to the subject. I suspect oscilloscope music will be one of those things. 
   
During the years I spent searching for a HiFi component with a scope output, I watched a number of blurry handheld videos of various devices on youtube. One one occasion I saw a Marantz receiver displaying a revolving cube on the scope display. At the time I presumed that someone had altered the circuitry, but I now know that they were playing an oscilloscope demo.
   
Oscilloscope demos have been around for a while, but until recently I wasn’t aware of them, and I spend at lot of my time looking at tech. Of course using oscilloscopes unconventionally is nothing new, the 'first video game' Tennis for Two used one as the display in 1958.
   
I suppose things like this are inevitable whenever you combine intelligent people with time on their hands and a room full of scientific equipment. Nowadays you can even play Quake on an oscilloscope
  
Displaying images on an oscilloscope is as ‘simple’ as playing sounds into it. The left and right audio channels create shapes plotted on x/y co-ordinates. 
   
I don’t truly comprehend exactly how it works, it just looks like magic and when you add in the additional complication of having those sounds form tunes, all I can do is sit back and admire the show. 
   
Watch the video below to see this in action. If you want to skip the introduction and repair section and just watch the scope, jump to the 5 minute mark. 
      
    
Useful Links
Jerobeam Fenderson’s Youtube Page
If you have any technical queries - the FAQs here should answer them
Oscilloscope Emulator for Windows, Mac & Linux
Reddit Oscilloscope Music Page 
Here’s a link to another Oscilloscope audio Demo called Youscope

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Reader Comments (6)

Hello,

I don't know if you already saw this. In case not, I post the link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B1u3SYmWbqo

Another cool way to visualise music. It just needs microgravity :)

Cheers

November 23, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterCiro

Wow. Cool, man.

November 25, 2016 | Unregistered Commentermesh

Interesting stuff. Thank you. By the way, my dog liked the songs...

November 29, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAndy

Another great episode!
Here's my Atari "Tempest" arcade game running and also simultaneous on a scope,
likewise a Atari "Space Duel" (vector XY also) PCB on the other picture running on a scope! :)

http://postimg.org/image/8cypbe6mj/
http://postimg.org/image/qr98fdix7/

December 6, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMatte

Hi Matt, you continue to amaze me with what you find. Have a great Xmas :-)

December 22, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterTraction Tim

Thanks old chap, I'm hoping to get one (and a half) more videos out before the big day.

December 22, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

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