MIDI Hamsters

midi hamster

looks like our favorite critters from 4th grade are serving a new purpose. musically that is. the hampster movements are captured by mini-midi controllers of some sort, then fed into whatever you please. a synth rack, a keyboard, and roland tr-900. The possibilities are endless. It uses 6 hampsters, and a  C-based controller that react to their movement. pure genius.


  1. Floker says:

    Weird =)

    I “dont like” pets, but this hack is kewl though.
    I’ve been reading hackaday since last Month, and i spend nights with checkin out every artice.
    Great work!
    keep it on.

    greets from germany

  2. wifigod says:

    I read this like 3 months ago. :( This site = going downhill.

  3. CDE says:

    I listened to the sample file, pretty good. But I think peta might enlist the riaa to get the hamsters any royalties they deserve for that piece.

  4. Jessevd says:

    ya, you no its old when it was on “attack of the show” last week!

  5. jared foster says:

    i thought i read about this on hackaday, too?
    am i mistaken? perhaps it was slashdot. i hope this isn’t a dupe

  6. raikura says:

    Pretty sweet i think, wonder what a lifesize one for humans would be like, or if it would sound much different with different animals etc

  7. Dax says:

    This was on slashdot around the end of February, I think. It’s possible but I thought I read that it was faked…
    Automatic generation of midi music sounds the exact same as that.

  8. Nick says:

    I think this site should be renamed to Hackaweek.com to avoid confusion to newcomers.

  9. ryan says:

    someone has been to hampsterdance.com too much…

  10. aj says:

    I thought this was a rather good post from hackaday. (beside the fact that you guys think it’s been posted already)

    I like to see it when hackaday posts articles about things that the reader can try. Unlike the previous days post, this one can be duplicated or modified or whatever by basically anyone with a few $$

  11. thomas says:

    “Automatic generation of midi music sounds the exact same as that.”

    Yeah it is automatic generation, but instead of “random” computer inputs, it has “true” random mammal inputs..

    well you get what im saying..

  12. dan says:

    well “random mammal inputs” and hampsters
    just don’t sound like my thing tonight. lol

  13. wolff says:

    Even if this is old, who cares its a pretty good hack. And there are obviously a few people that missed it on other sites, myself included.

  14. Jeremy says:

    Does anyone want any CHEESE with the WHINE???

    Waaaaaaah waaaah waaah… if this site is so contrary to your expectations, go somewhere else!!!!

  15. yuppicide says:

    Someone needs to learn to spell.. it’s hamster not hempster, hamper, or even hampster as you spell it.

  16. cde says:

    No No NO yuppicide, hempster is something else completely. Most Yuppies are also hempsters, atleast round my parts.

  17. Mojo says:

    Ok, that’s a good start. Now for something really usefulllll….

    Let’s control the hampsters via midi!

  18. mike t says:

    man, you people whine too much. get a friggin life.
    if you’ve already seen it who cares? its not the end of he world. do something more constructive,
    like go outside instead of sitting on your ass!

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