The "Accordion ITX"
May 25, 2005
Q) What's the difference between an onion and accordion?
A) People cry when they chop up onions.
Lennie Moore plainly marches to a similar beat, and has done the world a great service by elegantly squeezing his Mini-ITX motherboard into an old Enrico Bertini accordion. Having gotten a bit keyed up once or twice ourselves in the Paris metro, we can't help but be in accord with this decision.
The Accordion ITX (aka Enrico Music Server) was a concerted effort by Lennie and his friend Jim, whose forte, judging from the 4-disk RAID5 array used to run the server and the PHP server apps used to program it, lies between hardware and software. Cold cathodes are used to create a harmonious effect, with lights matching the volume of the wav and mp3 files played. Impressively, the server will start up when three particular keys are pressed simultaneously, presumably while wearing a tailcoat and only under dramatic circumstances. A major irony, when you consider that most people probably use three keys simultaneously to shut down their computers, and far less musically at that.
The Accordion ITX was constructed using an EPIA 5000, running SuSe 9.1 and using the Music Player Daemon from musicpd.org for playback. Now, the only thing we can't understand is why more people don't do this to bagpipes. And saxophones.
Lennie doesn't just make accordions that play mp3s. He recently composed music for Dragonshard, a real time strategy game due out from Atari next month. Clever chap!
OK. We take back what we said about Accordions. We just remembered The Arcade Fire use one...
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