Category Archives: Educational Video

The Curmudgeon’s Corner #3 12.20.2010

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…

Selected Videos.
“Miniature” Microtonal Udderbot & Dulcimer Duet


Frank Giorgini’s Udu Utar Played by Brian Melick. Thanks to Gene Barth for finding this video!

#11 Math.

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

DIY Heavy Metal. Go explore the individual instruments at:

Ballet Mecanique At The National Gallery Of Art


Interesting background material:

Ooo Shiny…Hi-Tech Shiny. @ “Only” $12,843.77 each we’ll take a dozen!

Urban Planning Meets A Music Sequencer?
Thanks to Chicago Buck for finding this. 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!!! If anyone follows through with this I WANT TO KNOW ABOUT IT!

Virtual Breadboard.
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!

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…

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.

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 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…

Circuit Bent Kaossilator with Photo Resistor

Nathan who runs ElectroExistence posted a couple of nice Kaossilator Pad jams. The device was modified using the GetLoFi LTC Kit and instructions.

He also added a switchable Photo Resistor to control the LTC module with light and warble with a pulsating LED. The videos also demonstrate loop length change function, which is a great effect for making your sounds more glitchy/experimental.



Pete from Casper Electronics video

The folks at Scion A/V did a nice video featuring Pete Edwards from Casper Electronics. Check out Pete’s studio- that’s some serious gear he’s packing. This is a great visual walk through of how to bend one of those voice-changing megaphones. Also its worth noting that Pete did some posts on Make:Blog as CasperElectronics and they are all very informative.

Experimental Sounds from Pickups and MSP


Our friend Gretchen from Gearwire recently recorded and skillfully edited an interview with Hans Tammen at AES. Before watching this video I was not aware of Mr Tammen’s work and it is interesting to see his transformation to the computer world with MAX/MSP, while preserving the experimental aesthetics of his prepared guitar and a bunch of pedals. Love it or hate it this is a good example of Experimental Noise Music.

Frank Zappa Plays a Bicycle in 1962




Here is a set of videos featuring a very young Frank Zappa as he is trying to explain how to play noises on a bicycle on the Steve Allen Show. I guess it reminds me a little bit of what any experimental musician goes through when confronted with a very traditional crowd. Via Oddmusic Group.

Throbbing Gristle on Boing Boing Video

Cool interview with Throbbing Gristle on BoingBoing Video. The part about the Gristlizer is very interesting. Not only did the device define TGs sound, but the band made and sold replicas of the original instrument at their recent show in Chicago. As far as merchandising goes this is almost a break through, or at least a good idea.grislteizerinside.jpg
Original article that the Gristlizer was based on is here.

Videos from Solder Soldiers Show in UK


Wrongbot, ASMO, kREEPA Jam







Full Playlist of videos from Solder Soldiers. Bathysphere was an evening of improvised electronic geekery with live performances from John Richards aka kREEPA, ASMO (Anti Social Musik Order) and Wrongbot, DJ Myoptik. Location: Great Central Gallery & Studios, Sussex Street, Leicester.