Understand How The Programmable Piano Works
Let’s start with an overview of how the Programmable Piano works. The punch card piano is comprised of three main parts: the pulser, the sheet music, and the music blocks. Let’s take a closer look:
Now that you have an understanding for how the punch card piano works, lets get begin detailing the process. Keep in mind that this is only one way to build the punch card piano. Once you understand how the machine functions, it is possible to build music boxes of endless variation.
Now, let’s go over the steps necessary for creating your own punch card piano.
Video Game Pro Uses A Piano As A Controller Completes Minecraft
The key to this guys success might be that he had 88 of them…
To accomplish his mammoth task, he first modified the piano keys to fit the games controls and recorded his mission, before sharing the clip with his 181,000 followers.
In the caption, Jachael123 said: This video is what my nightmares sound like… For some reason after I beat the game on my other channel, a bunch of people wanted to hear what the piano actually sounded like, so I went ahead and put this together.
Suffering for his art, he continued: It was an absolute pain to put together mainly because of how much the note clashes hurt my ears, but nonetheless I hope you enjoy!
Developed by Mojang Studios, the sandbox adventure video gameMinecraft takes players on a 3D journey where they can craft tools, build structures and defeat computer-controlled mobs.
Since its release in 2011, its become the best-selling game of all time and now popular YouTuber, Jachael123, has beaten it using nothing but a MIDI keyboard.
In a Reddit thread, our Minecraft maestro revealed the entire saga took him just seven and a half hours to complete on the black and white keys, including learning how to use the controls.
Create A Delayed Piston
To create a basic delayed piston circuit, place a sticky piston facing any horizontal direction and dig out a block in front of the piston, placing a redstone torch in the hole. Place a redstone repeater in position to receive power from the redstone torch, and run redstone from the repeater to the piston as seen below.
The circuit is not complete yet, but why? Remember the transistor concept? To complete the circuit, place any non-glass block on the piston. The block will carry current from the torch to the piston, and back to the torch again. The piston will immediately begin moving back and forth in a self-contained unit.
You can generate two pulses from this unit by removing another block adjacent to the current hole, adding redstone to it, and putting another repeater in place to receive power from the piston when it is extended.
Now when you place a block in the piston, you will generate two pulses in time with each other like so. To change the timing, simply left click the repeaters, but make sure their settings are equal.
There you have it: the basic delayed piston circuit. To get to the programmable piano, however, we will need something more complicated. We will need a delayed piston circuit with four outputs, each generating a pulse one at a time. To generate four outputs we will need more pistons, but fear notthe concept is the same.
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Watch This Player Beat Minecraft Using A Piano As A Controller
We’ve seen players take down Sekiro bosses with bongos, Dark Souls 3 completed with a guitar hero controller, and now in the wonderful world of controller modding, someone has beaten Minecraft using a piano.
YouTuber Jachael123 has modified the keys of a MIDI keyboard to fit Minecraft’s controls and has recorded it all for our viewing pleasure.
Jachael123’s video follows his blocky journey from him first spawning in Survival Mode and building his first house all the way to fighting the Ender Dragon. The video is a 10-minute supercut of his playthrough, but in a Reddit thread, he explains that it took him seven and a half hours to beat the game including learning the controls.
The white and black keys on Jachael’s MIDI keyboard are set up in replacement of both the keyboard and mouse. Before starting the challenge Jachael123 asked fellow Minecraft pianist Tallchief if he could use his key-binding code and then began his blocky saga, which you can follow in full on his second channel JachaelGaming.
Following how the tinkling of the piano inputs align with Minecraft’s controls is pretty mesmerising. Thanks, Eurogamer, for highlighting this story.
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Create A Delayed Piston Circuit With 4 Outputs
To create a delayed piston circuit with four outputs, dig a hole one block deep and 4×4 blocks wide. In it, place four redstone torches. Place four regular pistons on each side of the hole, each facing the center. Next to them, place four repeaters so that they receive power from the torches. Finish it off by running redstone wire from each repeater to each piston it will look like you are linking the pistons together.
Your circuit should look like what we have above. Now complete the circuit by placing a non-glass block in one of the pistons and there you have it. Remember: you can adjust the speed the pistons moved by left-clicking the repeaters.
Power should travel through the redstone wire as the block is placed between pistons, as seen above. From each of those L-shaped redstone connections, we will run wire which will program our punch card machine. Four pistons: four pulses.
Now let’s take the engine of our programmable piano and place it in the machine.
How To Learn Playing Video Game Music On A Piano
Minecraft is a sandbox video game released in 2009. Thanks to its revolutionary mechanics and simplicity, it became one of the best selling games and paved the way for other titles.
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Just make sure to follow our letter notes carefully and youll be good to go! Minecraft music is calm and simple, which makes it a very good example to learn for beginner piano players.
If you want to learn playing more music like this on a piano, make sure to check out our iPhone Ringtone and Undertale tutorials.
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Potential Third C418 Album
In 2015, Rosenfeld hinted at a potential upcoming third album for Minecraft‘s soundtrack, stating “I’ll still work on Minecraft, so there’ll probably be another album”. In 2017, Rosenfeld confirmed the future release, claiming the album “is still far from done”.
After the “Update Aquatic” update of 2018, three new songs were added to the game as underwater music. These songs “Dragon Fish”, “Shuniji”, “Axolotl” were released by Rosenfeld on 9 August, 10 November, and 12 December 2018, respectively, on Spotify as singles. All of them are to be included in the third album. Rosenfeld confirmed on that the third album will not be called “Volume Gamma” and it will be longer than the previous two albums combined .
On 8 January 2021, Rosenfeld was asked in an interview with Anthony Fantano whether or not there was still a third volume of the soundtrack in the works. Rosenfeld responded that “I have somethingI consider it finishedbut things have become complicated, especially as Minecraft is now a big property, so I don’t know”.
Frame Your Piano With Pistons And Repeaters
Now it’s time to begin framing the piano. We will lay out pistons on the ground below the pulser to begin framing the machine. Start by placing a row of pistons fourteen across. Place these pistons facing UP.
Begin placing redstone repeaters next to the pistons. Make sure they are in place to receive power from outside of the pistons. Continue by stringing them together with redstone wire.
Remember that the rows of pistons will have to move the music in a rotating square, each facing a different direction so as to facilitate movement. Continue by placing pistons with their respective repeaters and redstone wire. It may help to add the glass music sheet as you go along. Remember that the sheet music is 9 blocks wide and 14 blocks long.
You should end up with a set-up similar to this. Imagine the sheet music being pushed up the bottom left pistons, right by the top left pistons, down by the top right pistons, and left by the bottom right pistons.
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Program Your Music Sheet
Now place wool on your music sheet where you want the blocks to play and keep glass where you want pauses or breaks. Keep in mind that you can tune your music blocks by left clicking them.
As stated earlier, there are many applications and variations of this build, but for our purposes it is complete. I hope you’ve learned how a simple innovation like the block transistor can spark so much progress, even in something as humble as Minecraft.
Please be patient with this build and keep in mind that it takes time. There is a lot that needs to be planned out, and a lot to understand in order to be successful, but there’s nothing a little tinkering can’t fix. If you have any questions please feel free to leave a comment, send me a message, post in the forums, or come onto the server and see these machines in their full operation!
Special thanks to Nightdusk and LongQuan for their help.
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