Binaural beats and the Atari Punk Console

So I’ve been thinking about this idea for a few days. First of let me explain the idea.

The Atari Punk Console is a piece of gear that has been around a long time. It’s a noise machine that makes some noises that are similar to an Atari, at least in the mind of the creator.  More about this can be read up on over at Wikipedia

There are a bunch of videos of it running over at the tube, two of them are mine and

Binaural beats is the brain interpreting sound coming in to left and right ear with a slightly different frequency. This makes the brain align to these low frequencies and setting it’s working pace. This is very similar to that blinking light you can try on different festivals and such. This has the effect of you getting relaxed or hyperactive. More reading at Wikipedia as per usual

So what has this to do with me? well, I’ve tried a few binaural beats and they work pretty well on me, I get relaxed or hyper. There has been more research in the area and there has been tests on lowering frequencies and using water or stuff as the source to get more extreme effects.

And what do you get if you make a stereo Atari Punk Console with an extra knob for shifting one of the APC’s? A deranged Binaural beat machine I hope 😀

So I’, ordering part’s for two APC’s with stereo pots for all the usual settings one can make, and then I’m going to experiment to see where there will be the best place to put either a knob or a capacitor, or perhaps a combination.

Down here is my shopping list (at  it’s about 5dollars without the extras needed to skew one to the side, but I have plenty of stuff at home to cope with this.

40811347 MF 0,6W 1% 4,7K 2 0.35 0.70
40813310 MF 0,25W 1% 1,0K 4 0.28 1.12
40813410 MF 0,25W 1% 10K 2 0.28 0.56
40512410 MKS2 10nF 63V 5mm 2 1.60 3.20
40512510 MKS2 100nF 63V 5mm 2 1.28 2.56
40521001 YXA 10uF 50V 105C 5×11 2 0.5 1.00
40350556 NE556 DIL14 dubbel timer 1 6.50 6.50
40910230 Pot 100 kohm lin PCB stereo 1 8 8.00
40910232 Pot 500 kohm lin PCB stereo 2 8 16.00
41001294 6.3 mm chassi stereo 1 8.00 8.00
40210001 Batterikontakt 9V 1 2.40 2.40
40220024 Vippomkopplare 2-pol on-off-on lödöron MTS-203 1 7.20 7.20

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