Category Archives: Good Ideas

Highly Liquid MIDI kit roundup!

SK-8Speak and SK-1 Wiimotepikachu
The top quality Highly Liquid MIDI kits have been finding their way into various circuit bending and DIY synth projects. Here is a quick roundup of the latest creations:

Animatronic Barbershop skulls singing Helter Skelter.

MIDIfied Circuit Bent Pikachu from Kaseo.

SK-1 and a Speak & Spell controlled via Wiimote and MIDI and heavily modified SK-8 with a custom filter bank (Schematic for the filter is provided below ). Awesome work! The technology is here and sky is the limit.


Bright Idea! For Optical Theremins

Ambient Light
This modified novelty light bulb runs on 4 AA batteries and when combined with a potentiometer and a momentary switch for light triggering can come in handy if you are playing at a dark venue and wish to use your optical theremin. I would also suggest that something similar can be used to “tune” your theremin to the ambient light around you if placed near the light sensor and adjusted carefully with the potentiometer. I always resorted to using my cell phone’s back lit screen but that doesn’t work so well especially if your phone is programmed to turn off the light after 30 seconds of inactivity, kills the solo for sho.
Video of the Optical Theremin Light in action.