2. Buttonless Clock

Most digital clocks have two states (set and display) and two buttons that are used to change state and set the hours and minutes. (Ignore alarm functions for now). Design a clock that uses no buttons to change state from ‘set’ to ‘display’ and to set the time when in the set state. Present your design in drawings, explanatory text, video, or in whatever media you find appropriate. (quick exercise; due Tuesday September 8 in class).


One Response to “2. Buttonless Clock”

  1. The second hand serves as your metronome, or click track. Jam out a rhythm on the drum for one measure to change the state of the clock from ‘clock’ to ‘set’. This will set the hour hand to however many beats you played in that measure. The beat continues, as time is relentless. After the hour hand is set and you’re fully in ‘set’ mode, it will switch to the minute hand, and you have free reign to bang out as many beats as you want there to be minutes. For alarm mode, the clock will play your beat back to you to wake you up!

    A crazier, more music specific variation could incorporate an old-school metronome-styled method of timekeeping in which you have three ticking hands. The first reliably ticks out the second. The second subdivides sixty seconds into an amount of ticks equal to the hour. The same is done with the minute. The clock would have no visual display, just a poly-rhythmic array of ticks, perhaps at different pitches and sonic timbres to help the ear distinguish between second, minute, and hour. So you’d tell the time by what rhythms you’re hearing, not seeing. To set this clock, all one would need to do would be to adjust the hands in the way you adjust the tempo on an old school metronome. This is a ridiculous concept for how to tell time, and the only people I could think of who could do it would be myself and a handful of musicians I know, most of them drummers. Still, I thought it would be neat to hear time rhythmically instead of see it, because time is in our bodies.

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