Minecraft - Music Box: Song of Storms via Note Blocks.avi





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Published on Jan 16, 2011

Using the recently added noteblocks, I had a go at trying to design an automated Music Box which you pressed a switch to start, and then pulled a lever to end. My main target was playing a simple looping song without taking up tooonnnnes of space

After going through the first bar doing the bass and treble lines in the same delay, I realised it would perhaps save a lot of space to do the bass loop separate from the main part - and this gave birth to this idea.
The build consists of 5 floors, each with 24 delays with notes inbetween - the idea given that each note would be a semitone.
The ground floor loops indefinitely, whereas the first to the fourth loop in series.

The Song of Storms from Zelda runs at a 3:3 timing, the bass going Dm, Em, F, Em; and the main verses running for 16 bars of 3 notes.

It took me ages to find how to stop the sequence from looping with little trouble - an AND gate set the sequence off whenever you attempted to turn the lever back off again; and I eventually gave the NOR latch a try and voila! it works!

The footprint isn't too compact, but stacking it on top of itself was very space saving :D Given niceness, I'd probably enclose the entire mechanism in a colourful decorative box, but I left it open so you can truly appreciate the inner workings :D

There's a few downsides, the main tune falls out of sync with the bass line eventually, due to the distance between the first and fourth floors - perhaps I could have planned ahead for this join, as opposed to having to go around the long way. But otherwise I'm pretty happy with it :]
In hindsight, I'd trade out seperating the bass layer from the tune layer, and would probably have it perhaps a few blocks wider behind the bars to include chords and the bass layer - that way the problem with timing is completely removed :]

Aproximately 380 redstone torches, 640 redstone dust and 81 note blocks were used; and aproximately 28 sheep were viciously dyed and murdered during the making of this build.


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