Proto-Chiptunes – A DIY digital synthesis Workshop

Taught by Phil Stearns

Saturday, October 9th, 2010
12pm – 5pm

Sorry, sold out!

Members – $105 (includes all materials, and a project you take home)

Non-Members – $125 (includes all materials, and a project you take home)

Machine Project Members receive a discount on all classes.


Proto-Chiptunes are the ancestor of modern-day 8-bit video game music, known as “Chiptunes”.

In this workshop we’ll use simple digital logic microchips to make an complex, rhythmic pattern-generator to control a square-wave oscillator. In the process we’ll cover the basics of using CMOS microchips to create oscillators, frequency dividers, and sequencers. A demonstration on how to expand the circuit into a complex music generating machine will close out the workshop. You keep the final circuit and materials! No former knowledge of electronics is required and only a minimal amount of soldering is necessary.

Demonstration of the circuit built in the workshop:

Example of music made with the expanded circuit: