8-bit Full Adder Rhythm Machine
Binary Logic Gate based modules with an interface to generate rhythmic patterns.

Rhythm Machine is a 8-bit Full Adder. Viewers can mix the sound of binary addition into a stereo output.
The machine incrementally adds an initial random number over and over again.
There are two knobs in the controller, the 4 most significant and 4 least significant bits, respectively. The knobs are routed to the stereo headphones modified with relays and the users can control the rhythmic pattern by understanding the nature of the changing bits.

The computer does not hide itself. It's explicit exposure of wiring reveals a calculating machine that is alive. The computer is based on logic gates with binary functions, just like the core of computation since George R. Stibitz's “Model K” Adder.

The installation invites the audience to experience the arithmetic bedrock of modern computer science with a ludic rhythmic implementation.


Project Documentation and Making of: My 8-bit Full Adder NoteBook


You can download the Schematics and PCB etching files so you can make your own:
IC Chips: 74HC Family

Made at the School for Poetic Computation, New York, and exhibited at the 2016 Fall Final Showcase
Thanx to Phillip Stearns, Ramsey Nasser, Lauren Gardner, and Taeyoon Choi for the teaching and mentoring..!
Photography: Filip Wolak

// Layout at the Exhibition

// Rhythmic Controller (Router of 4 LS Bits and 4 MS Bits)

// Sonically enjoying the bedRock of computation

// Top View

// Full Installation: sketches, hand-drawn schematics, research, and the Boolean Logic Notebook

// PCB etching