Creativity Is: Playing Music through a Dot Matrix Printer

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There are many definitions of creativity. Despite the differences, most include originality or novelty and imagination, and the creation of something new. However you parse it, this video by MIDIDesaster of playing “Eye of the Tiger” through a dot matrix printer(!) definitely counts.

“Eye of the tiger” on dot matrix printer from MIDIDesaster on Vimeo.

MIDIDesaster explains:

“This old 24-pin dot matrix printer has been converted into a MIDI compatible sound generator. Up to 21 notes can be played simultaneously. It features up to 16 MIDI channels with individual volume and pitch.”

The rest of the technical information is way beyond me. However, I cannot but admire the effort that went into this project, starting from the concept (I. Cannot. Even!) and all the way to solving the pragmatic issues.

The curiosity, creativity and imagination of us humans never ceases to amaze me. It’s thrilling to see what we’re capable of!