The "Accordion ITX"
May 25, 2005

Lennie Moore's "Accordion ITX"

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 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!

Lennie Moore's "Accordion ITX"

OK. We take back what we said about Accordions. We just remembered The Arcade Fire use one...

m Permalink | mini-link

Recent Stories

AMD’s Ryzen 8000G CPUs - the perfect choice for smaller Mini-ITX builds? 17 Jan 24
Intel Hands Over the NUC Reins to ASUS 06 Sep 23
NA500 Network Appliances now available 24 May 23
Expanded range of Dynatron Coolers now available from 08 Feb 23
The Commodore 64x - modern Mini-ITX inside a retro enclosure 07 Jul 22
The Turing Pi V2 - now on Kickstarter 16 May 22
AMD announce Ryzen 4000 "G " Series with Integrated Graphics 21 Jul 20
ASRock built a Mini-ITX sized RX 570 with Thunderbolt 3 11 Jun 19
ASRock fills out range of 8th Gen Core Intel 'Coffee Lake' Mini-ITX boards 26 Apr 18
Intel Atom C3958 gets benchmarked on GIGABYTE's MA10 motherboard 09 Oct 17

News Archives

January 2024
September 2023
Full Archive

* Back to *