Three examples of dot matrix printer music

Younnat used this dot matrix printer to provide the rhythm track to his marimba and synthesizer etude. Soothing.

Sue Harding made music with dot matrix that is a bit more glitchy and alien.

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Canadian art duo [The User] made an entire album titled "Symphony #2 for Dot Matrix Printers" by programming large series of text files to play 14 different printers. Dig those track names. (You can grab this on eMusic.)

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  1. Sue Harding has 2 (or 3) Amiga 2000’s and one Amiga 500. Major Geek cred! (As if making dot-matrix printer music NEEDS more geek cred!)

    (If the computer that is not in the row of 3 is a 3rd A2000, it’s got the floppy disk drive in a weird spot; not impossible or even uncommon)

  2. Yeah, [The User] is pretty fantastic. The production value of their recordings are top notch.

  3. In college (in the mid ’70s) I remember people playing music with a massive IBM line printer. The kind with all possible characters cast on a 2 foot long metal rod. There were 132 of these rods all moving up and down appropriately to print a full line at a time.

    Would have made a nice bass section along with the dot matrix printers.

  4. JT Montreal, good catch! I think the last computer might be an Amiga 3000. The position of the floppy drive is just about right and it looks shorter than a 2000.

    (sigh) I miss my Amiga 3000! Well, I don’t miss the ZIP chip memory that was incredibly unreliable.. hmm. [goes and boots up an emulator] I don’t really miss it.

  5. JT Montreal, good catch! I think the last computer might be an Amiga 3000. The position of the floppy drive is just about right and it looks shorter than a 2000.

    (sigh) I miss my Amiga 3000! Well, I don’t miss the ZIP chip memory that was incredibly unreliable.. hmm. [goes and boots up an emulator] I don’t really miss it.

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