DATAMATH CALCULATOR MUSEUM
Texas Instruments Speak & Music
|Date of introduction:||1986||Display technology:|
|New price:||Display size:||n.a.|
|Size:|| 9.1" x 11.1" x
231 x 282 x 30 mm3
|Weight:||18.2 ounces, 515 grams||Serial No:|
|Batteries:||4*AA cells||Date of manufacture:||wk 24 year 1987|
|AC-Adapter:||Origin of manufacture:||USA|
|Precision:||Integrated circuits:|| TMS50C40 (CM54129),
|Program steps:||Courtesy of:||Joerg Woerner|
(US: 3.7M Bytes)
(US: 7.4M Bytes)
This funny synthesizer based product from Texas Instruments generates a lot of different sounds and stores them into internal memory.
Compared with earlier products of the Speak & line this one uses a quite simple technology.
This educational toy was rated by Texas Instruments for children aged between 7 and 11 years.
A similar product was introduced in the same year with the Little Maestro and two years later with the German speaking Music-Star. The Speak & Music sold in United Kingdom differs from the design, view it here.
The La Musique Magique introduced a French speaking version, Fonillo Suonaparla an Italian voice.
Other products in the Speak & line cover spelling and reading words. Compare this Speak & Music with Speak & Math, Speak & Spell and Speak & Read.
Dismantling this Speak & Music manufactured in June 1987 by Texas Instruments in the United States reveals a compact design centered around just two Integrated Circuits:
• TMS50C40/CM54129: TSP50C50 VSP (Voice Synthesis Processor) with
with 8-bit microcontroller and 8k Bytes Mask ROM for both program and
voice and 32 Bytes RAM
• CF60034: Not yet discovered, probably a Port-Expander for the VSP
Developed for children, the Speak & Music found – like the Speak & Spell – its way into the Detroit area electronic music. Artist Dethany (tOYBREAKER :::) heavily modified this kids’ keyboard and created this wonderful “Bloo Meanie”.
Learn more about “Circuit Bending”.
Play button and listen Bloo Meanie.
Find more sound samples in the DOWNLOAD section.
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Blue Meanie Tunes
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