Well That's Something: A Four Neck Electronic Guitar Played With A Barcode Scanner

November 14, 2019

This is a video of James Bruton demonstrating and discussing his Barcode Guitar, an electronic guitar with four necks covered in barcodes that's played using a regular handheld barcode scanner. Some more info while I rock out so hard my scanner breaks and I have to call a manager over to help finish ringing up this customer:

Each barcode translates to a numeric code, which is mapped to a note on the synthesizer connected to the controller. James also built in a variety of controls for adding nuance to his performance, including programmable buttons, pitch bend, and octave and channel shifters, all made from arcade controls.

That's cool. Still, there's just something about this mashup of musical and technological prowess that does something to me. You, uh, you need any groupies? I'm just saying *lifts shirt to reveal tattooed barcodes above nipples, winks* think about it.

Keep going for the video.

Thanks to hairless, who informed me he's going to start a band and play the barcode scanner. Ooh ooh -- and I'll play the paper grocery bags!

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