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!

Discoveries: Oana Befort

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Well, re-discoveries. Apparently I ran into her work a year ago already. *cough cough* 🙂 Anyhoo: Oana Befort is a Romanian graphic designer and illustrator with a distinctive, lighthearted style.

Oana Befort Collage

Oana Befort; collage by Eppu Jensen.

(All images by Oana Befort; originally published in her blog.)

On her website, Oana shares her work, inspiration, images from her sketchbook and family moments. And freebies! For example, there are these fabulous monthly calendar pages (personal use only). Here is November 2013:

Oana Befort Nov 2013

Oana Befort.

I find the white-color ratio in Oana’s work really appealing and the detail is very impressive!

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

EDIT: Shared Oana’s 2012 gift tag freebie here.