Portable Linux rave machine

pdPod is an open-source Linux application that transformers your iPod into an electronic instrument.

If your old iPod is gathering dust, why not use pdPod to turn it into a drum machine or a synthesizer? pdPod is an iPod version of a free, open-source application called Pure Data, used by experimental musicians with a mind for math and too much time on their hands. Installing it on an iPod isn't easy, but it sounds like a worthwhile weekend project if you're a musician with an extra iPod laying around.

To get the pdPod software up and running, you first need to load the Linux-based Podzilla iPod operating system as a foundation. Once that's done, follow the instructions on the pdPod wiki and cross your fingers. A video of the results are shown below.

(via Create Digital Music)

About the author

Donald Bell has spent more than five years as a CNET senior editor, reviewing everything from MP3 players to the first three generations of the Apple iPad. He currently devotes his time to producing How To content for CNET, as well as weekly episodes of CNET's Top 5 video series.

 

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