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Sam Battle
Battle with electronic equimpent.
Battle with electronic equimpent.
Background information
Born (1989-02-03) February 3, 1989 (age 33)
Grantham, England
Genres
Years active2016-
Member ofZIBRA
Websitelookmumnocomputer.com

Sam Battle, known online as Look Mum No Computer is a youtuber, electronics enthusiast, musician and composer who posts videos about making pro audio gear and synthesizers, as well as original music tracks.[1][2][3] He is known for esoteric and eccentric musical devices made from vintage technology, such as a Furby organ, a synthesizer fused with a classic Raleigh Chopper bicycle and a Gameboy Triple Oscillator.[1] Battle directs This Museum is Not Obsolete, a museum in Ramsgate, Kent which showcases vintage analogue devices, often repurposed for humorous uses.[4]

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YouTuber

YouTuber

A YouTuber is an online personality and/or influencer who produces videos on the video-sharing platform YouTube, typically posting to their personal YouTube channel. The term was first used in the English language in 2006.

Electronics

Electronics

The field of electronics is a branch of physics and electrical engineering that deals with the emission, behaviour and effects of electrons using electronic devices. Electronics uses active devices to control electron flow by amplification and rectification, which distinguishes it from classical electrical engineering, which only uses passive effects such as resistance, capacitance and inductance to control electric current flow.

Musician

Musician

A musician is a person who composes, conducts, or performs music. According to the United States Employment Service, "musician" is a general term used to designate one who follows music as a profession. Musicians include songwriters who write both music and lyrics for songs, conductors who direct a musical performance, or performers who perform for an audience. A music performer is generally either a singer who provides vocals or an instrumentalist who plays a musical instrument. Musicians may perform on their own or as part of a group, band or orchestra. Musicians specialize in a musical style, and some musicians play in a variety of different styles depending on cultures and background. A musician who records and releases music can be known as a recording artist.

Composer

Composer

A composer is a person who writes music. The term is especially used to indicate composers of Western classical music, or those who are composers by occupation. Many composers are, or were, also skilled performers of music.

Professional audio

Professional audio

Professional audio, abbreviated as pro audio, refers to both an activity and a category of high quality, studio-grade audio equipment. Typically it encompasses sound recording, sound reinforcement system setup and audio mixing, and studio music production by trained sound engineers, audio engineers, record producers, and audio technicians who work in live event support and recording using mixing consoles, recording equipment and sound reinforcement systems. Professional audio is differentiated from consumer- or home-oriented audio, which are typically geared toward listening in a non-commercial environment.

Synthesizer

Synthesizer

A synthesizer is an electronic musical instrument that generates audio signals. Synthesizers typically create sounds by generating waveforms through methods including subtractive synthesis, additive synthesis and frequency modulation synthesis. These sounds may be altered by components such as filters, which cut or boost frequencies; envelopes, which control articulation, or how notes begin and end; and low-frequency oscillators, which modulate parameters such as pitch, volume, or filter characteristics affecting timbre. Synthesizers are typically played with keyboards or controlled by sequencers, software or other instruments, and may be synchronized to other equipment via MIDI.

Furby

Furby

Furby is an American electronic robotic toy that was originally released in 1998 by Tiger Electronics. It resembles a hamster or owllike creature and went through a period of being a "must-have" toy following its holiday season launch, with continual sales until 2000. Over 40 million Furbies were sold during the three years of its original production, with 1.8 million sold in 1998, and 14 million in 1999. Its speaking capabilities were translated into 24 languages.

Raleigh Chopper

Raleigh Chopper

The Raleigh Chopper is a children's bicycle, a wheelie bike, manufactured and marketed in the 1970s by the Raleigh Bicycle Company of Nottingham, England. Its unique design became a cultural icon and is fondly remembered by many who grew up in that period. The design was influenced by dragsters, "chopped" motorcycles, beach buggys, and even chariots, as can be seen on the centre page of the 1969 Raleigh US catalogue.

Game Boy

Game Boy

The Game Boy is an 8-bit fourth generation handheld game console developed and manufactured by Nintendo. It was first released in Japan on April 21, 1989, in North America later the same year, and in Europe in late 1990. It was designed by the same team that developed the Game & Watch series of handheld electronic games and several Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) games: Satoru Okada, Gunpei Yokoi, and Nintendo Research & Development 1.

Ramsgate

Ramsgate

Ramsgate is a seaside town in the district of Thanet in east Kent, England. It was one of the great English seaside towns of the 19th century. In 2001 it had a population of about 40,000. In 2011, according to the Census, there was a population of 40,408. Ramsgate's main attraction is its coastline, and its main industries are tourism and fishing. The town has one of the largest marinas on the English south coast, and the Port of Ramsgate provided cross-channel ferries for many years.

Kent

Kent

Kent is a county in South East England and one of the home counties. It borders Greater London to the north-west, Surrey to the west and East Sussex to the south-west, and Essex to the north across the estuary of the River Thames; it faces the French department of Pas-de-Calais across the Strait of Dover. The county town is Maidstone. It is the fifth most populous county in England, the most populous non-Metropolitan county and the most populous of the home counties.

Analog device

Analog device

Analog devices are a combination of both analog machine and analog media that can together measure, record, reproduce, receive or broadcast continuous information, for example, the almost infinite number of grades of transparency, voltage, resistance, rotation, or pressure. In theory, the continuous information in an analog signal has an infinite number of possible values with the only limitation on resolution being the accuracy of the analog device.

Youtube

Sam Battle launched his Youtube channel in 2013, originally setup for ZIBRA, a band that Battle created with three friends. Battle's first music gear related video was posted in 2016.[1][5] Besides ad income from Youtube, Battle has also been funding his electronic inventions with fan donations, on the subscription platform Patreon.[1]

In 2019, he created a Furby (an electronic robotic toy) based synthesizer, by wiring it up into a modular synthesizers.[6] In 2022, Battle began restoring a 1914 church organ, as an exhibit in This Museum is Not Obsolete,[7] the process of which has been documented on his channel. Battle also produces and sells modular synthesizer components,[8] such as the #1222 Performance VCO.[2]

As of November 2022, his Youtube channel has garnered over fifty five million views.[9]

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Music career

He released his first single called "Groundhog Day" in 2019.[1] He did a tour in Germany, Switzerland and the UK in 2019.[1]

In May 2022, he joined with Cuckoo and Hainbach to form a musical supergroup.[3]

Battle has co-produced several compostion for screening, such as Satellite Moment (with Charlie Fink), for the film adaptation of a Street Cat Named Bob, as well as Glitter and Gold (with Barns Courtney) for Netflix's series Safe.[10]

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Hainbach (musician)

Hainbach (musician)

Stefan Paul Goetsch, best known by the alias Hainbach, is a German experimental electronic music composer and video creator, based in Berlin. He has become known internationally for his Ambient recordings and experimental music techniques on his YouTube channel. Pitchfork magazine described Hainbach’s channel as "a treasure trove of clips with titles like How to Make Music With a Vintage Piano Tuner and Playing Live With Nuclear Instruments and Unknown Synths."

Charlie Fink

Charlie Fink

Charlie Fink is an English songwriter, producer and filmmaker best known for fronting Noah and the Whale and for his work as a composer for theatre. He has been described as "one of Britain’s most daring and inventive songwriters" by the Sunday Times and "a theatre composer of the first rank" by the Evening Standard.

A Street Cat Named Bob (film)

A Street Cat Named Bob (film)

A Street Cat Named Bob is a 2016 British biographical drama film directed by Roger Spottiswoode and written by Tim John and Maria Nation. It is based on the book of the same name and The World According to Bob by James Bowen. The film stars Luke Treadaway, Ruta Gedmintas, Joanne Froggatt, Anthony Head, and Bob the Cat as himself. The film premiered in London on 3 November 2016, followed by a general release the next day. The title is a spoof of A Streetcar Named Desire.

Barns Courtney

Barns Courtney

Barnaby George Courtney is an English singer, songwriter, and musician.

Netflix

Netflix

Netflix, Inc. is an American subscription video on-demand over-the-top streaming service and production company based in Los Gatos, California. Founded in 1997 by Reed Hastings and Marc Randolph in Scotts Valley, California, it offers a film and television series library through distribution deals as well as its own productions, known as Netflix Originals.

Safe (TV series)

Safe (TV series)

Safe is a British television drama series created by crime author Harlan Coben and written primarily by screenwriter Danny Brocklehurst. Set in England, the series is a production by Canal+, with C8 airing the show in France, and Netflix streaming the show internationally outside France. The series began filming in Manchester, Liverpool, and Cheshire in July 2017. It consists of eight episodes that premiered in 190 countries on 10 May 2018.

Discography

As Look Mum No Computer

Singles

  • "Groundhog Day" - 2019
  • "Modern Gas" - 2019
  • "Shock Horror" - 2020
  • "Desperado Vespa" - 2020
  • "Daydreamer" - 2020
  • "Stand and Deliver" - 2020
  • "Youth8500" - 2021
  • "Stupid Me" - 2021
  • "RIDE" - 2021
  • "Mind Over Matter" - 2021
  • "We'll Find a Way" - 2022

Albums and EPs

  • "Human Procrastination" - 2019 (EP)
  • "These Songs are Obsolete" - 2020
  • "Look Mum No Bootleg PT. I" - 2022
  • "Look Mum No Bootleg PT. II" - 2022

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Source: "Look Mum No Computer", Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, (2022, November 25th), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Look_Mum_No_Computer.

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References
  1. ^ a b c d e f "Inside the crazy, musical mind of Look Mum No Computer". Engadget. Retrieved 2022-09-23.
  2. ^ a b Vincent, Robin (2022-05-06). "Look Mum No Computer brings Kosmo #1222 Performance VCO to Eurorack". gearnews.com. Retrieved 2022-09-23.
  3. ^ a b Rogersonpublished, Ben (2022-05-26). "Look Mum No Computer, Cuckoo and Hainbach are forming "the world's first synth-nerd supergroup"". MusicRadar. Retrieved 2022-09-23.
  4. ^ By (2021-09-24). "This (Obsolete Technology) Museum Is (Not) Obsolete". Hackaday. Retrieved 2022-11-07.
  5. ^ Guitar into modular synth Interfacing, retrieved 2022-09-23
  6. ^ "Furby Synthesizer Creates Sounds Nobody Should Ever Hear". Nerdist. Retrieved 2022-09-23.
  7. ^ Booth, Martin (2022-05-24). "The organ that took up most of a house has finally been removed". Bristol24/7. Retrieved 2022-11-07.
  8. ^ Vincent, Robin (2022-02-24). "Look Mum No Computer AAAPPPCCC chiptune noise machine". gearnews.com. Retrieved 2022-09-23.
  9. ^ "LOOK MUM NO COMPUTER's YouTube Stats (Summary Profile) - Social Blade Stats". socialblade.com. Retrieved 2022-11-07.
  10. ^ "LOOK MUM NO COMPUTER biography". Last.fm. Retrieved 2022-11-07.
  11. ^ "LOOK MUM NO COMPUTER music, videos, stats, and photos". Last.fm. Retrieved 2022-11-07.
  12. ^ "Look Mum No Computer". Discogs. Retrieved 2022-11-07.

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