Some interesting things I found on April 15th, 2008:
# Casper at LA & NY bent festivals – Casper will showing off and demoing his new product at the upcoming bent festivals in both LA and NY.
After years of working on the Texas Instruments Speak&Spell I have come up with a design that incorporates the best bends into a rugged, utilitarian and affordable design.
Casper’s mod comes with an atari controller port, guitar strap pegs, locking 1/4″ audio jack, pitch adjustment body contacts, sound activated LED, 3 glitch switches, LOOP switch and adjustment, HOLD switch and adjustment, pitch adjustment, industrial reset button… what more do you want?
# Bent Festival – The Bent Festival is an annual art and music festival celebrating DIY electronics, hardware hacking, and circuit bending.
# Cheap Mic Shootout #1 at Audio Geek Zine – A quick shootout with some budget mics: Shure PG-58, GLS Audio ES-57, Shure PG 52 & Audio Technica AT-2020.
# RulesofThumb.org – Tons of useful and less useful Rules of Thumb. I quite like this one:
PLAY MUSIC YOU LIKE
You will get farther and be happier playing music the way you like it than by changing your sound to please others.
# The Analog Synthesizer Ensemble – Listening to The Analog Synthesizer Ensemble is like taking trips through outer and inner space. Black hole tripping.
# Thomas Margolf Modified BOSS VT-1 – Thomas Margolf (aka: firestARTer, Frau Holler) is working on a new circuit bending project; he's added MIDI capability to a BOSS VT-1 voice transformer pedal changing it into a vocoder-like instrument. Check Thomas’ website for more info.
# ChibiTracker – A portable IT (Impulse Tracker) clone. It is not a 100% clone though, as it adds more features, such as chorus and reverb, stereo samples, an advanced sample editor and more.
# LittleGPTracker – the little Tracker for GP2x, Windows, OSX and Debian – LittleGPTracker (a.k.a 'The piggy') is a music tracker optimised to run on portable game consoles. It is currently running on Game Park's GP2x but there's a version for windows & mac too.