Self playing Bayan built nearly 22 years ago

The year is 1988, where a Russian engineer [Vladimir Demin] has combined a Bayan, or button accordion, with several (we lost count at about 96) solenoids. If that alone doesn’t blow your mind the computer, also hand built by [Vladimir], controls the whole process leaving the operator to only work the bellows. Putting truth to the fact in Soviet Russia, accordion plays you. We wish we could find some more information about the instrument, but curse our inability to read Russian. Alas check after the break for a shorter version of the video in the link above.

Related: Electronic accordion doesn’t compare.


  1. Todd Grigsby says:

    Honestly, the computer looks like it’s from 1978. In 1988 I had an IBM clone 10 MHz XT with a 20meg HD, a 5.25″ floppy drive, and a 2400 baud modem. It had a turbo button that took it from 4.77 MHz (which some games required) up to 10 MHz.

    On the other hand, I didn’t build it myself. Very impressive.

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