Apple II Concert streaming live from Machine Project in LA today, with Jason Torchinsky


Phil Merkow of says,

An awesome concert experiment is
taking place today, Saturday June 25
, in Los Angeles at Machine Project Gallery in Echo Park.

As a grand "musical" experiment, noted loon Jason Torchinsky has
written a crude 16-step sequencer for the Apple II, and is seeking to
gather up as many Apple IIs as possible to construct an orchestra
which will then perform a live, dynamic concert/musical event.
Machine's resident music guru, Chris Kallmyer, will be on hand to
discuss the nature of music, why some of the Apple's 256 tones are
notes and some are not.

Here is a direct link to the streaming page

After the broadcast is over it will automatically archive and be
available on demand.

Starts at 6pm PT with a meeting of the Apple II owners/musicians, and concert begins at 8pm. More info here. We love Jason Torchinsky's wacky and wonderful projects around here at Boing Boing, and you may also dig his book: Ad Nauseam: A Survivor's Guide to American Consumer Culture



  1. For those of you interested in large amounts of old computer gear making music, definitely check out The User’s Sympohony for Dot Matrix Printers:

    Yay Canada! Sorry, couldn’t help it—July 1 (Canada Day) is coming!

  2. Holy cow! That’s Bill Fickas, lead guitar of the Broken Rubber Band. Man, what a blast from the past!

  3. It confused the hell out of me when this started autoplaying and I started trying to find where the sound was coming from.

    Not unpleasant, just… confusing.

  4. what’s up with the auto-play on this? It pops up with volume all the way up and no way to *stop* the stream. I’m on a Mac running Chrome and in order to mute it, I have to ‘show video controls’ and then move the volume knob all the way off, and there is no ‘stop’ or pause button at all.

    It’s a cool project and all, but I just wanna browse without listening to all the preliminary bleeps and bloops.

    1. I just spent five minutes trying to figure out why there’s a children’s birthday party in my bedroom.

  5. I don’t like to adblock BB content, but autostart with no way to shut it off on the main page is just too much.

  6. Win7, FF5, this is the second time in 30 mins a video just started auto-playing, the other was a video of Kate and Wills over on HuffPo. Not cool, especially when there’s No video controls so you can pause or mute it.

  7. Well the auto-playing complaint has been covered, so I’ll just say that I’m sorry I couldn’t make it, I was planning on going but something else came up.

  8. Dear moderators,

    Should you not find the 30 seconds to deal with a nuisance video? It took me a minute to find the source of the background noise and kill the sound, and I’m not amused by a video player that cannot be stopped from draining my bandwidth.

    Last time I checked, placing a auto-play, control-less video halfway down the page is une ̩norme faux-pas (Antinous РI am sure that using some French does not violate posting policy), and the apparent lack of interest in correcting it makes one wonder how much does BoingBoing respect their user community.

    I guess the posting policy does not apply to the editors – do you have an editor posting policy for us to check?

  9. Fixed.


    I congratulate you on working someplace where nobody ever makes an error and there are people standing by on Saturday afternoon to fix things immediately when there’s a problem. You must work in some very well-funded industry. Or possibly in Pleasantville.

  10. I waited through the setup difficulties and listened to their actual performance and it was fascinating. I love the sound of those old machines.

    I did think it was strange to hear weird computer noises on a video made by a seagull, but then found out what was going on.

    I thought the presentation choice was unusual (unstoppable player) and was about to close the page, but decided to stick with it and I’m glad I did.

    It was of questionable musical quality, but high entertainment value. I loved the process with which everything was put together. It was not just
    loosely coordinated, it was also highly random.

    Mostly it made me wish I still had my old Apple][e!

  11. On behalf of I want to send our sincerest apologies to the site and you, the readers for our misstep . Long story short, we thought we had fixed an issue that had not in fact been fixed. We accept full blame. No great excuse, just a strong dose of embarrassment and a plead for your forgiveness.

  12. I was in attendance and just wanted to report that it was a great time! To be fair it was terrible, as we were all warned it would be, but it was great to see people trying something fun that could never have worked if we expected perfection.

  13. I miseed the “fun” but is it at all possible for you to turn your system volume down, close the browser window, go out and do something (it is Saturday night) and chill out.

    If you are still unhappy complain to management and they will refund your price of access to this site.

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