Some interesting things I found recently:
# CHEAP, FAT and OPEN – Jacob Sikker Remin's Arduino based syntesizer, his final project at the CIID (Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design).
- atmega328 processor
- 12bit DAC sound
- 16 LEDs run through shift registers for sequencing control
- LCD display
- rotary encoder for multi purpose tweaking
- stylophone keyboard
- expression control through body switches
- wireless receiver and transmitter through infrared light (control your synth with your remote control!)
- passive volume control
- 5 navigational keys and 1 home key (can be expanded with shoulder keys)
# V3 SYNTH-CAR – Gijs Gieskes' Synth-Car V3: A fan, random sequencer, Gakken SX-150, drums, marbles, LDRs, nails, a circuit bent camera, and more!
# Hemisphere Games Osmos – Enter the ambient world of Osmos: elegant, physics-based gameplay, dreamlike visuals, and a minimalist, electronic soundtrack.
Your objective is to grow by absorbing other motes. Propel yourself by ejecting matter behind you. But be wise: ejecting matter also shrinks you. Relax… good things come to those who wait.
Progress from serenely ambient levels into varied and more challenging worlds. Confront attractors, repulsors and intelligent motes with similar abilities and goals as you.
# Art of Sound Contest Winners – Instructables Zalytron, Bleep Labs, and Create Digital Music are happy to announce the winners of the Art of Sound Contest!
Sound and music mean many things to many people and that was very apparent in the entries to this contest. From building instruments from scratch to interacting with sound to analyzing and distorting the sound, the entries covered a wide array of possibilities.
Peter Kirn writes:
Moldover is the latest artist to experiment with ways of re-imagining the musical object. Already a fan of custom sonic circuitry, he made his CD into a circuit board. Some of it is just aesthetic, like the printed lettering. But there is also integrated noise-making circuitry for a very simple optical Theremin (well, at least, a light sensor-driven oscillator), plus a headphone jack. There’s actually quite a lot of function you can get out of that when plugging into a computer.