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CMKT 4 Westward Hackerspace Tour 2011

CMKT 4 is headed to Maker Faire San Francisco.  We’ll be stopping at as many Hackerspaces as we can on the way teaching our popular EconoMIC Contact Microphone Building Class.  Of course we will include a performance at each of the workshops and we should be appearing on the Maker Faire stage!  Take a look at our tour dates to see when we’ll be near you!  Message us if you’d like to help us fill in any open days.

FACEBOOK TOUR SCHEDULE

WED MAY 4
Contact Microphone Workshop and Performance
Quad City CoLab
1033 East 53rd Street
Davenport, Iowa
7pm, $15

THU MAY 5
Contact Microphone Workshop and Performance
Ames Makerspace
328 Main Street, Suite 15
Ames, IA
7pm, $15

FRI MAY 6
Contact Microphone Workshop and Performance
Omaha Maker Group
4388 Nicholas St
Omaha, NE
7pm, $15

SAT MAY 7
Contact Microphone Workshop and Performance
Denhac
975 E. 58th Avenue, Unit N
Denver, CO
$15, 2pm

SUN MAY 8
Contact Microphone Workshop and Performance
Solid State Depot
2200 Central Ave Suite G
Boulder, CO
$15, 2pm

MON MAY 9
Contact Microphone Workshop and Performance
MakeSLC
Electroregeneration Society Warehouse 555 South 400 West
Salt Lake City, UT
$15, 7pm

TUE MAY 10
Contact Microphone Workshop and Performance
The Transistor
560 S 100 W
Provo, UT 84601
$15, 7pm

WED MAY 11
RENO – OPEN

THU MAY 12
Contact Microphone Workshop and Performance
Ace Monster Toys
6050 Lowell Street
Oakland, CA
$15, 7pm

FRI MAY 13
Contact Microphone Workshop and Performance
Noisebridge
2169 Mission
San Francisco, CA
$15, 7pm

SAT MAY 14
LA – OPEN

SUN MAY 15
CMKT 4, Push Play, Igor Amokian
Sancho Salon Gallery
1549 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA
9pm, $5?

MON MAY 16
LA – OPEN

TUES MAY 17
Contact Microphone Workshop and Performance
Sancho Salon Gallery
1549 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA
$15, 7pm

WED MAY 18
SAN LUIS OBISPO – OPEN

THU MAY 19
SAN FRANCISCO – OPEN

FRI MAY 20  – SUN MAY 22
CMKT 4 @ Maker Faire San Francisco

MON MAY 23
NORTHERN CA – OPEN

TUES MAY 24
EUGENE – OPEN

WED MAY 25
PORTLAND – OPEN

THU MAY 26
OLYMPIA

FRI MAY 27
Contact Microphone Workshop and Performance
Metrix Create:Space
623 Broadway E
Seattle, Washington 98102

SAT MAY 28
WASHINGTON – OPEN

SUN MAY 29
MONTANA – OPEN

MON MAY 30
SOUTH DAKOTA – OPEN

TUE MAY 31
Twin Cities Maker – The Hackfactory
3119 E. 26th St.
Minneapolis, MN
$15, 7pm

Kickstart Bending


By sailormouth
Have you heard about or do you know about Kickstarter.com? If no, you should really check it out. It is a website with a simple premise behind it. Present the folks who work there with a project that you need help funding. They look over your proposal to see if it fits their guidelines, and if it can stand on its own you put your project on their site. Why am I talking about this on getlofi if this isn’t about bending?

Two reasons:
The first is to tell all you bender friends out there that getlofi will help support and promote your bending related project by getting the word out here on piezomodule.com.
The second is to show by example and promote my new sequencer project which just opened on Kickstarter this week.

A few details to mention.
The funding of projects is all or nothing. Each project has a specific end date that if the funding level is not met the backers of the project do not pay the amounts they pledged.
Currently only people who have a US bank account and a US address can start a project. This is a limitation of Amazon who handles all the money for all the Kickstarter projects. Kickstarter says they will in the future be able to allow international project creators.
Anyone can be a backer for a project, no US bank account or address required for that.

The project I have on Kickstarter is for making a new sequencer. I am trying to raise money for new development tools and equipment to move to a different microcontroller so I can add new features. There are several pledge levels with incentives that range from a compilation of backer created mp3 tracks all the way up to a built sequencer with a set of four bent toys. Contribution levels in between also include the sequencer as a kit or different TI toys ready for me to bend. You can click the images link below to come by and check it out. Let others know about the project and about Kickstarter.
Thank you,
sailormouth

Modular Random Music Sequencer project

This is a video I made to show that the sequencer can create synced lightshows to go with the music.
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hrDHzvqsGWY[/youtube]

Ax-Man is a DIY Circuit Bender’s Friend

Minneapolis, MN is a very accommodating city for electronic musicians and DIY enthusiasts. Not only is there a sprawling Experimental Electronic Music scene here, but it is also a home to the shopping mecca known as Ax-Man Surplus.

The eclectic main store of this Twin City chain is located on the University Ave in St. Paul and always has something for everyone. Creepy stage props, neon bright duct tape, military surplus, heavy duty switches, arcade buttons, jacks, cables, capacitors, resistors, screws, rotary telephones, speakers, zip ties, tools, shipping supplies, and even an Iron Lung are some of the items. All at reasonably low prices and in great selection.

However the main point I would like to make is this recent Vita.MN article on the Ax-Man stores. A very interesting piece that goes into the details of the store’s history and philosophy. It also explains the funny signs and who the creepy axed man really is. Good Read.

Ax-Man on Facebook.

Maker Faire Detroit 2010 Wrap-Up

by Austin.

Detroit Maker Faire 2010 was quite a blast.  CMKT4 headed up to Dearborn, Michigan with Michael Una and Tomer Gal for a busy weekend of demonstrating and performing.  CMKT4 played the main stage both days and Michael Una played the second day. Our Bottle-Cap Contact Microphones won an Editor’s Choice Ribbon and got written up on Boing-Boing by Make Editor Mark Frauenfelder.  Mike Una also won an Editor’s Choice Ribbon for his live performance.  Here he is setting up on the main-stage:

I’m so glad we went, it was a fantastic experience.  We got to meet so many interesting people who are doing interesting things.  I was able to sneak away for an hour on the second day and shoot some photos, here is some of what I saw:

Here are Nina and Jeff from Omnicorp, Detroit, a relatively young hacker-space.  Nina and Jeff were demonstrating circuit-bending at their booth to Maker Faire attendees.  CMKT4 will be headed up to Omnicorp to present a workshop on building contact microphones Saturday, August 28th.  Details here.

Another group of makers were controlling these huge robots, which were playing some very loud noise music.

This roving skull robot “greeted” onlookers with gnashing jaw and Mars-Attacks-like gibberish.  Pretty frightening:

Here someone made a jug organ, I thought this was really neat:

CdS cells were inventively used to read data from player-piano scrolls and control an array of solenoids that play the keys of a modern keyboard at this exhibit:

An interesting by-product is the MIDI code being generated from the scroll by the keyboard being physically played.  Next to the main stage was this bicycle-driven guitar wind-mill called the The Axe Grinder.

There were of course plenty of vehicles at the Maker Faire, but my favorite had to be the Sashimi Tabernacle Choir.  I’m glad that somebody figured out something to do with Big Mouth Billy Bass and all his pals other than hang it over the back of the toilet.   All the fish and lobsters are made to dance and lip-sync to popular favorites, such as Bohemian Rhapsody.  I actually got to sit in the driver’s seat for a little while and operate the Lobster Conductor;  the control was two two-way switches, one to rotate the lobster, one to extend and retract the arm, and a push-button to bounce the lobster and “conduct” the marine choir.

Some of the crew from Life-Size Mouse-Trap taking a break from a long, hot day of repeatedly crushing a Chevy Mini Van under a giant safe.   More Robots!


Various doo-dads made with a Cupcake CNC machine:

Tomer sports some CNC-made goggles.  I felt like I was wearing some crazy goggles, because Maker Faire was one awesome, surreal experience after the other.  See you there next year?

Event this Saturday 10/10, Chicago

flier.JPGby Michael Una.

Circuit Bending dynamic duo Roth Mobot and myself will be exhibiting our recent works and playing some music this Saturday as part of art collective Deadline Projects show Hands On. All the work in the show is meant for the audience to touch and play with. This event will take place at:

HAPPY DOG GALLERY1542 N.MILWAUKEE, 2ND FLOOR

ONE NIGHT ONLY– 10/10/09, 6:00PM – 11:00PM FREE

From the press release: Don’t be afraid to touch and interact with the artwork in Hands On, presented by Chicago-based collective, Deadline Projects. Breaking down boundaries between art and audience in this one-night exhibition, local artists unveil new work specifically created to be touched, handled, and manipulated by the audience. Hands On is part of Chicago Artists Month 2009, the fourteenth annual celebration of Chicago’s vibrant visual art community. In October, more than 200 exhibitions of emerging and established artists, openings, demonstrations, tours, open studios and neighborhood art walks take place at galleries, cultural centers and arts buildings throughout the city. Chicago Artists Month is organized by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and is made possible through support provided by Bank of America. For more information, visit: www.chicagoartistsmonth.org


Participating artists include: Arielle Bielak, nikki hollander, Damien James, Blake Parish Lewis, Roth Mobot, Vivien Park, Sarah Perez, Holly Sabin, Marc Salha, Shawn Stucky, Michael Una, and Russ White.

I’ll also mention here that I’m one of the featured artists selected by the City of Chicago, as evidenced by my smiling face in the picture below.

featured artists

Free Music Friday Presents…The 201 Files

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by Rodney

I was recently sent this file, asking me to add this CD to the Free Music Friday library. The only information I have is from their Myspace page. I could gather that they are a couple of circuit benders whom have gone undercover as spies calling themselves The 201 Files. They seem to be communicating intelligence findings threw these tracks. I found it very refreshing and jazz/bent like. It definitely has a cool mix of spy films and all the action to match.

The 201 Files Album Download

Igloo Martian/The Koobaatoo Asparagus Split

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Yet another release from Igloo Martian , this time pairing up with The Koobaatoo Asparagus from San Diego, California. Combined they give us one heck of a bent split that’s so hot you can fry an egg on it! The download includes a cover with some crazy great artwork. This album is also available through Igloo and Koobaatoo in a hard copy as it was attended for release. But with all this technology we got going, they were cool with letting it out as a Free Music Friday release as well. Lucky us because these two guys are rocking hard with the bends and one shouldn’t miss out on any of this! I also believe this is Koobaatoo’s first bent release. So that’s a pretty big moment in any artist life. I’m glad to help spread the word! Enjoy!

Download – Album Zip.

Free Music Friday – Circo Bazooko

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6EQUJ5 is a collaboration project between Circo Bazooko and Giorgio “Jure” Zuliani and Liviano Mos from Jennifer Gentle. The recording is an improvised live session recorded from one single jam between the group. It was all done in Trieste, Italy where the guys are all from. The CD contains 26 tracks all recorded and then mixed at MOS Records at Matonia Studios Ltd. while produced by Not Any. 6EQUJ5 requests that you read the insert to truly understand the quality of their recording…or lack of. Any way you look at it…it all comes out to be a very great sounding self released CD, that they hope you will enjoy.

6EQUJ5 – Download Album

Free Music Friday Presents…Do Not Bend III

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Do Not bend III is the latest release in the “Do Not Bend” series of compilations from Tiger Claw Records. This release brings new artistry to the soldering table. Featuring for the first time on a Tiger Claw release…Maxbender.

It also brings an assortment of staples that inject us with plenty of Vitamin A for Awesomeness. And if you can’t get enough Vitamin A from Do Not Bend, Igloo Martian has a link to his newest fifth release “Disintegrated or Cross My Fingers While I Sleep” and if that’s still not enough…TOO BAD! 🙂 You’ll have to wait until next week, where we will feature the much anticipated 6EQUJ5 release staring Circo Bazooko and featuring Giorgio “Jure” Zuliani and Liviano Mos from the Italian band Jennifer Gentle. It’s a collaboration project featuring 26 tracks of pure “VITAMIN A”.]

Do Not Bend III-Album Download