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The Ambience Enhancer by porkshanks The Ambience Enhancer by porkshanks
UPDATE! CIRCA December 21st 2007:

Hello all!

I've gotten a lot of people asking me how to build an Ambience Enhancer, so when a couple weeks ago I got an email from someone on the staff at Instructables.com saying they like my work and requesting I enter their latest contest, I couldn't resist the opportunity.

I doubt I will win, but if I do... I could win a computer controlled laser cutter! Can you imagine the cool junk I could make with that thing!? Believe me, I have ideas...

So anyways, please spread the word and vote for my project, because I would really love to win this contest!

[link]

thanks!
Molly


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Step right up folks! Witness the latest and greatest that the glory of modern technology can possibly offer to you at this particular moment of time and space!

The Ambience Enhancer

This handy little device can take the most boring and dull locale and turn it into whatever sort of emotive resonance you prefer! You simply load it with "Wave Files" or their less complicated cousins the "Musical Programme Type Threes (or "MP3" for those who enjoy abbreviations) and then activate the device to change the ambience around you! Astounding!

Okay, here's the real story behind this one:

I bought a pair of vintage Cannonball Empire headphones off Ebay and I disassembled and gutted them. I then transplanted the working parts of a Sony MDR-006 (that I randomly found on the ground at a bus stop 2 days ago!) into them, and voila! Cool looking 'old' headphones that work just fine with my MP3 player ^ _ ^

figuring out how to get the speakers into the Cannonballs was not easy. I actually ruined the prototype trying to do it in an overly fancy way with a different pair of sony headphones.

So then I decided I needed some way to get my MP3 player to match my steampunk influenced retrofuturistic daily wear.

First I hand sewed a little cover for the MP3 player and attached the brown leather protection pad to it. Then I took a raw sheet of Brass and cut out the form, bending it into shape carefully and adding the lynch pins and strapping last. I wanted to be able to wear this on my jacket as well, so I created a little latch on the left arm of my jacket so it can be put on and off easily.

Voila! Retrofuture goodness... ^ _ ^
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:iconemptysamurai:
emptysamurai Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Professional Artist
I saw this quite a while back on instructables.com, now here! small world.
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:iconoverlordjack:
Overlordjack Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010
my god. what is the "Musical Programme Type Threes" device that you used for this prototype? thank you for your assistance, miss.
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:iconcolgreyis:
colgreyis Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
your wrist mp3 player is absolute genius, i soooo want one
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:icondevistator23:
devistator23 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2009
Got one for an iPod Nano G2?
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:iconshockwavex2:
ShockWaveX2 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2009
What does it do? I'm completely lost. ^^;
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:iconcloudedwithdoubt:
CloudedWithDoubt Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2009
This is fantastic! If there was a tutorial of how to make one of these, they would be the next big thing on dA! lol
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:icondygera:
Dygera Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
very cool idea^^
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:iconroonstown:
Roonstown Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2008  Student Writer
Best. MP3 player. Ever.

Seriously, i'd choose that over an ipod anyday.
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:iconbobtodd:
BobTodd Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2008
Awesome! I love cyberpunk, and this has just a touch of steampunk too. Great stuff.
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:iconstripestiger:
StripesTiger Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2008
seen this on tekzilla. yeah i am kinda behind and stuff. jsut going through old ep. seen the other link don't work so .
[link]
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:iconpolice-box-traveler:
Police-Box-Traveler Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2008
GORGEOUS! what i wouldn't give for a good machine shop XD
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:iconcruelcat:
CruelCat Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2008
Excellent artwork!


...hmm, I need to do such stuff for myself soon =D
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:iconmitic2004:
mitic2004 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2008
wow, so young and so successful
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:iconastalo:
Astalo Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
That looks very interesting. :)

I have made one strange looking hand mechanism from old alarm clock, but that's only a toy and this your own device have at least some real purpose and it's not only a non-working decorative prop or something like that.
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:iconxx-starhammer-xx:
xX-Starhammer-Xx Featured By Owner May 11, 2008
Very cool. I like that.
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:iconspookeriffic:
Spookeriffic Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Looks awesome, I'd love to try making one myself. Quick question? Did you also retrofit the headphones to work too? :?
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:iconsd-3000:
SD-3000 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2008
your work is so fun, i love it. keep on creatin' & i hope you win.

-Sunny DUXX
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:iconpuppetcancer:
Puppetcancer Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2008  Hobbyist
Okay, now THAT is inspiring me to sit down and draw. Thank you.
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:iconcrookedmuse:
crookedmuse Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2008
if I were to comission an ambience enhancer with a set of modified headphones from you for an ipod nano (the older version), about how much would it cost and could you manage it without the ipod? I would follow your wonderful set of instructions on how to do it but I'm not at all very crafty in that arena.
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:iconcrookedmuse:
crookedmuse Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2008
on second thought, I might be able to make it... It's just that it's going to be a gift for someone so I wanted it to look like it's supposed to. ah well, here goes. Thanks for the brilliant idea. It really is lovely : )
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:icondijinstar:
dijinstar Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2008
OMG!!! i want to make one of these for my shuffle! in fact i might make 2, a steam and a cyber (yes im excessive)
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:iconamourwolf:
Amourwolf Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2008
Those headphones are awesome. :heart:
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:iconjohnnyex:
johnnyEX Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2008
this looks awesome dude. i go around checking places out everywhere looking for steampunk stuff. mostly i find concept designs for ideas, but when i find actual works like these, it's an inspiration.

nice stuff ;)
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:iconlordenrique:
LordEnrique Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2008
My god, it is a thing of beauty and genius!

Function and aesthetics all in one!
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:iconmotorbikeman:
Motorbikeman Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Ooh this is giving me too many ideas for stuff :) Very nicely done.
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:iconporkshanks:
porkshanks Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2008  Professional General Artist
thanks!
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:iconlagopus:
lagopus Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2008
This is lovely. How much would you sell such a thing for?
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:iconporkshanks:
porkshanks Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2008  Professional General Artist
not sure. It takes a lot of hand sewing, which is hard for me because of my shoulder problems, so I would want too much to build one. You could always try using the instructions I made for them here:

[link]
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:iconlagopus:
lagopus Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2008
Oh, I Didn`t realize you had made a how to. Maybe I should try for myself. A steampunk cellphone would have been cool.
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:iconcandyrain:
candyrain Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2008
I'd love to commission you for one of these players. If you'd be willing ;)
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:iconporkshanks:
porkshanks Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2008  Professional General Artist
sure, I am open to doing one. I will note you.
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:iconcandyrain:
candyrain Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2008
right on. I'll be waiting all excitedly. I'm really getting hooked on steampunk...as if I need another obsession.
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:iconnoirthorn1900:
NoirThorn1900 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2008
i was wondering how much would it be for me to buy one of these from you?
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:iconporkshanks:
porkshanks Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2008  Professional General Artist
would you like to provide the MP3 player? To make just the case would cost about $50-$80 depending on what you want it to look like.
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:iconphyviak:
phyviak Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2008
I cannot afford not to fave this!
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:iconninykinin:
ninykinin Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2008   General Artist
I googled Deviantart and this was one of the first deviations to come up.
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:iconporkshanks:
porkshanks Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2008  Professional General Artist
really? that's pretty cool :)
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:iconelshoggotho:
elShoggotho Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Pardon, my dear lady, but I've stolen that idea. I had to, I couldn't live without one.
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:iconporkshanks:
porkshanks Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2008  Professional General Artist
I'd love to see a picture of what you made!
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:iconelshoggotho:
elShoggotho Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You may find it over at my account. No high quality pictures by now, sadly.
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:iconradoslavbeta:
RadoslavBeta Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2008  Student Photographer
Great idea!
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:iconeres13:
ERES13 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2007
thats super kickass yo!!
does it come in Zune sizes?!?!
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:iconsleetwealth:
Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Its great! Why are you not in charge of redesigning our entire society?
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:iconporkshanks:
porkshanks Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2007  Professional General Artist
lol thanks!

I am working on that, I promise!
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:iconluckyelement7:
LuckyElement7 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2007
Holy moly.. I think, my favorite piece of yours. You are very innovative. :)
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:iconporkshanks:
porkshanks Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2007  Professional General Artist
thanks!
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:icondesert-dweller:
desert-dweller Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
:glomp: :heart: Love whatcha done here.... :) GREAT work!
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:iconporkshanks:
porkshanks Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2007  Professional General Artist
thank you!
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:icondesert-dweller:
desert-dweller Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
:) no worries ma'am! :)
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:iconstr4yk1tt3n:
str4yk1tt3n Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2007
I saw this last night on Techzilla. Frickin' awesome. I want one. Gorgeous gorgeous work.
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