FoxTone Music in Minneapolis is now a distributor of GetLoFi devices! While you are there check out the great selection of Euro Rack modules and cases.
Roth Mobot has been asked to write another article for Musicworks’ Spring issue — stay tuned!
Our friend Luke from SolderBot.com offers assembly service for several of GetLoFi kits, namely the Quad Oscillator and the New! Atari Punk Console 3.0. The items on his website are in stock and ready to ship. Plus you can request other things. Give it a try.
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.
So I’ve been performing and recording with this setup for a couple of years now.
It’s basically an acoustic drumset which is expanded through the addition of DIY and lo-fi electronics, as well as DIY acoustic and electroacoustic instruments, into an expressive tool for electroacoustic improvisation.
Here is a video of it in action:
Here are the instruments used:
More info/music/videos can be found on my webpage:
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 Art
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…
You may think that your instrument demo videos are simply going into the void and noone is watching them. However that could not be further from truth. Not only do people watch but they also remix them into amazing musical mash-ups. The THRU YOU album by Kutiman does just that and features lots of synth and circuit bent instrument cameos. (Via Analog Industries)
So it looks like one of my most favourite best-written blogs MusicThing, is going to be no more. Tom is folding the operation because he doesn’t want to sacrifice his time off work for blogging, which is also hard and most often a Thankless job. I still hope that old posts do remain online purely as historical reference of how things got to where they are now. Musicthing opened my eyes and mind to all the musical possiblities out there. Thanks Tom.
Back to work…
Interview by: Rodney Clark
From time to time I get a few here and there e-mails from folks wanting to know how they can get an album on Tiger Claw Records. I feel bad by having to tell them I’m pretty much a broke outfit with a list of to get tos as far as releases go. When BitCrusher contacted me it was no different, except I was left wishing I could let more people know of his awesome sound and crazy bent projects! So I asked him if he would take the time to answer a few e-questions about his project, the French sensation “Bitcrusher“…
Q: When did you start Bitcrusher, and who all is involved in the project?
B: Bitcrusher is a solo project born in 2005. With this project, I try to combine my musical influences and satisfied my need of sound experimentation. My influences are: Electronica, 8bit music, circuit bending, noise, breakcore, sound expérimentations, DIY, and many more….
Q: What part of France are you from and what is the scene like for benders in France?
B: I live in Angouleme for my studies in the middle of the France. The scene I know the best is in Paris, but this last couple of years the circuit bending scene is growing everywhere in France!! In France The circuit bending scene is close to the Chipmusic scene.
A little tours of the French scene through internet:
Q: Do you play out a lot as Bitcrusher and what response do you get from the crowd?
B: I have a few, live, as Bitcrusher. Most time, I play with friend in Ponctuals projects: The Cheatcode with Nurykabe using Gameboys and circuit bend toys. Also in Paracetamol with Kobah using bass, circuit bent toys and synth. The response we have from the crowd, beside the pleasure to listen live music, is that people are surprised that we made some music with the toys of their childhood and the fact we have tortured and modified these toys! It’s very emotional! Plus there is a part of « mad scientist » in the bend toys which fascinates! Live, the aesthetic aspect of instruments and the way we use it, is just as important as the sound.
Q: You have some pretty neat bends. The one that caught my eye though, is the Mega Aspirateur (orange vacuum). What all went into making that thing…and what can it do?
B: In reality, it is a case mod, of a circuit bent Alesis HR16 ! The vacuum cleaner was emptied of its main mechanisms. The most difficult part to build with this instrument was to put the original circuits of the HR16 into the vacuum cleaner, because there was not enough space inside it. I was obliged to cut the main circuits of the hr16 in two parts, and connect every cut-tracks with wires. I had to move the screen. The volume pot and the output integrate the alimentation and change the key via a switch, that makes « soft reset » when bends are uncontrollable. For a visual effect during a live set, I integrated a stroboscope with a speed knob. For the bends I only choose uncontrollable bends, that make distortion and aleatoric sounds.
They often crash the OS, but for making sound, they don’t need to be triggered by the keys or sequencer (it’s for this reason I put a direct switch for soft reset)
19 – switches to control different bends
1 – rotary switch to control 12 bends
1 – button panic to restart the OS
1 – fader for controlling the sound output
2 – jack output for routing the stereo output to a mixer or recorder
1 – Stroboscope for visual effect during live performance
1 – knob to control the speed of the strobe!
Q: Another bend I noticed was a hair drier… That thing looks seriously dangerous! 🙂 I guess I wanna know what all went into building it and what it can do?
B: It’s in the same spirit as the vacuum cleaner! The hair drier was emptied of its main mechanisms. Then I put a circuit bent toy that transforms the voice. There are 4 switches that mod the voice: robot effect, tremolo, grave and high. I put an instant switch for muting the sound and make sync-up effect. One knob for the volume and one knob for the micro sensibility.
Q: Your sound is a lot like Albino Ghost Monkey meets early Igloo Martian. Totally a great sound in my mind. What got you into Circuit bending and when did you start?
B: I started circuit bending in 2004, after discovering it through the internet on the Reed Ghazala website and in his book. David Steinberg’s website, burnkit2600, Nicolas Collins and the Paris’s 8bit scene which is close to the circuit bending scene. But especially by the enjoyment to modify my 1st toy: « la dictée magique » (french speak and spell). Many aspect of circuit bending are addicting to me: DIY, original sound, expérimentation, musical approach, and electronic bugs and chaos!
Q: Do you have any recordings of your music out right now, and if so where could we get a copy?
B: You can find some of my music here: Bitcrusher and The Cheat Code
Q: What does the future hold for Bitcrusher?
B: Actually, I’m working on my first circuit bent album. My friend Nurykabe and Gakona are trying to create an associative music label for chipmusic and circuit bending called Dataglitch.
Q: Anything else you want to add?
B: The Dataglitch label is willing to release a record, and needs you to submit a work about “robot masters”. Thanks for interest and inspiration, keep the solder in the hand and tortured more toys !
Thanks Syl, for the great info on you and the French scene! Hope people get aboard the Dataglitch label and help the Art prevail!!!!!