Been working on this synth for a while and it’s finally finished. Its mainly made from CMOS 4000 IC’s and is designed to be portable and noisy! It’s a modular system and uses trimpots and header sockets instead of pots and patch cables, this has 2 benefits, cheapness and smallness. More information about the synth here.
By Hank The Curmudgeon
Greetings And Salutations! First off Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah, Joyous Kwanzaa, Wacky Festivus and/or anything else you can celebrate. Oh, if I don’t get #4 out by the end of year Happy New Year! May you have a safe and wonderful holiday season. Here’s hoping you get that soldering station or capacitor assortment you’ve been dreaming about. Now onto this episodes insanity…
“Miniature” Microtonal Udderbot & Dulcimer Duet
Frank Giorgini’s Udu Utar Played by Brian Melick. Thanks to Gene Barth for finding this video!
Your generic ubiquitous Switchcraft #11 1/4″ Open Frame Mono Jack…shopped around on 11/26/10.
But Hank, you whine, why didn’t you note the prices on eBay? Because the jacks may, or may not, be available, shipping can be outrageous, I don’t want to wait 2+ weeks for Taiwanese post, I’ve seen the plating flaking off due to corrosion, etc. That’s why I didn’t list eBay…but I’m not ruling eBay totally out.
If ANYONE knows of better prices for Switchcraft #11’s PLEASE contact me! *We have some Plastic Stereo jacks in GetLoFi.com/shop
DIY Heavy Metal.
http://www.tristanshone.com/ Go explore the individual instruments at: http://www.tristanshone.com/soundmachines/
Ballet Mecanique At The National Gallery Of Arthttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eo0H8ztju78
Interesting background material:
Ooo Shiny…Hi-Tech Shiny. @ “Only” $12,843.77 each we’ll take a dozen! http://www.reactable.com/products/live/
Urban Planning Meets A Music Sequencer?
Thanks to Chicago Buck for finding this. http://isleoftune.com/ There is some very interesting potential for teaching musical theory and composition to someone who has no music background or training.
Can One Really Bend “Star Wars”?
Or at least use it as a sample source? Yes!!! http://amzn.to/geZjRV If anyone follows through with this I WANT TO KNOW ABOUT IT!
Sadly NOT a dynamic circuit simulator but still a neat idea. Plus it’s great if you need a graphic illustration in your handouts for a class! http://musicfromouterspace.com/ElectronicTools/virtualbreadboard/index.html
Extra Credit: What circuit do I have loaded in this example?
$1.2M Accordioning Brass Musical Watch. Even if I had $1.2 M to waste I’m not so sure a watch, this or any watch, would be on the shopping list… http://www.boingboing.net/2010/11/25/12m-accordioning-bra.html
Performance: Catherine Brisset On The Cristal Baschet And Gilles Dalbis On Percussion. What? You don’t own a Cristal Baschet!
Nicely Done 555/556 Time Page. Good clear explanations of our little friend Mr. 555 and what he is capable of. http://www.kpsec.freeuk.com/555timer.htm
Jumbo Otamatone: DIY Seed? First watch the video:
Now, ignoring the silly giant musical note form factor, this would be an easy DIY project coupling either a DIY ribbon controller or a COTS ribbon potentiometer such as http://www.trossenrobotics.com/store/p/5832-SoftPot-Linear-Potentiometer-500mm.aspx with almost any VCO or APC circuit. Now the question becomes what goofy package can you house this in to make a bunch of money.
After You’re Done With That Holiday Brew…
The Beavis Audio Research Group just added a great overview for building CMOS Oscillators and LoFi Synths. Starting with your basic oscillating Hex Schmitt Trigger and finishing with a Heterodyne Peyote Space Explorer. The tutorial has clear examples with valuable pieces of information for adding LFOs, Rate LED Indicators, Line Level and Volume control as well as component values for good frequency ranges. Excellent work!
Nag Champa APC 2.0 by Kaz – More images in this Gallery.
Cupcake 2.0 by Wayne
Sorbet 2.0 by Gary, more info at Klunk.org.
APC 2.0 Flashlight by GroovyPancakes.
So far the APC 2.0 kit users are good at following instructions, especially when it comes to using discarded everyday objects as cases for their new noise makers. Above are some of examples found floating around the Internet. If you have more please let me know and I will post them. We also created a Facebook page to share the love of the APC 2.0 on the most addictive Social Networking site, one more thing for you to keep tabs on. Gearwire.com just did a very nice demo and a writeup about an APC 2.0 prototype. Watch it below.
The APC 2.0 Kits are plentiful and still for sale from the GetLoFi.com/Shop, packaging is now all paper based in order to help reduce the plastic waste. So far the feedback has been extremely positive from all over the world. As a side note, more inexpensive and easy to build kits are on their way from the GetLoFi labs. Stay Tuned!
The 4th annual diy* Fest looks like a switch filled time! The event is slated to be from December 5th through the 7th in Zurich, Switzerland at DYNAMO. The curators describe it as “…an event that specifically addresses a creative and joyful approach to technology and fosters public discussion at the nexus of art, science and society. It is also a showcase for innovations in music and media art. The organizers value international collaboration with universities and art institutions as well as individual interesting artists and technologists.” The event will feature an exhibition, concerts, talks, workshops, and tons of cool people to hang out with! If you want to get involved with the festival email: firstname.lastname@example.org and describe how you would like to contribute by October 31st!