A musical realization of the motion graphics of John Whitney as described in his book "digital harmony"
Music box variations:
var. 0 - chromatic - 48 tines
Whitney Music Box by Jim Bumgardner is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
More detailed information can be found in this post
Here is a git repository of sample source code / reference implementations in a variety of languages, including Flash/Actionscript, ChucK, Pure Data (PD), SuperCollider, Nyquist, pyo, Processing, Perl, and Syd. You'll also find MIDI files in there. Email me if you'd like to contribute.
WHITNEY MUSIC BOX NEWS:
November 2, 2011: I'm teaching a music+processing workshop at Crash Space in Culver City. More info here.
9/11: The source code examples have been moved into a Git Hub repository. I am working on a building a physical Whitney Music Box at @CRASHspaceLA, as well as experimenting with using Processing + PD + OSC to manipulate these animations and sounds in real time.
10/09: Fans of the Whitney Music Box will enjoy the Wheel of Stars - a music box made from astronomical data.
I'm currently working on producing an actual Music Box that plays this music. More info here.
Do you want a genuine Whitney Music Box disc for your music box? Jack Perron, the same expert who cut the discs for Björk's beautiful album Vespertine will make one for you. Just head over to Hens Tooth Music, and ask. He can make ones that will fit many antique music boxes. They're beautiful!
Here's a fun 20 minute presentation in which I demonstrated an audience-participation version of the hand-cranked Whitney Music Box at the GEL conference in NYC. The first 10 minutes I'm blathering on about screensavers and information theory.