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Short links for April 11th, 2008

Some interesting things I bookmarked on del.icio.us on April 11th, 2008:

# Brockenspiel in action – Brock Craft's Brockenspiel reads the magnetic strip on credit cards and swipe access cards, zips them through an Arduino board and triggers solenoids which bash the chimes.

Brockenspiel
Left: working on the Arduino, right: the actual Brockenspiel

# pe lang + zimoun : untitled sound objects – The “Untitled Sound Objects” by Pe Lang and Zimoun creates acoustic architecture from organic objects and forms connected up to motors and gears. The duo began as laptop performers but were offput by the lack of physicality so they investigated how to create physical instruments that react to their immediate environment and each other.

# Black Flag Hair: A Timeline – Nice illustration of Black Flag's hairstyles from 1976 to 1986.

# little-scale: Arduino Beats – Sebastian Tomczak is working on a sample-based drum machine for the Arduino. At the moment, bars and patterns have to be programmed into the code manually, but he's looking to adding a small and simple physical interface for real-time pattern sequencing.

# Ten Thousand Cents – Behind the scenes of a mechanical turk project: 10,000 people drawing a small piece of a 100 dollar bill.

Short links for April 3rd, 2008

Some interesting things I bookmarked on del.icio.us on April 3rd, 2008:

  • kBANG: GameBoy Drum Machine – Instead of making noises in sequence it controls solenoids. Program the drum pattern with interface and place solnoids on different surfaces to create different noises.
kBANG
kBANG ver 01 uses a new GameBrain cartridge (1 MB Flash, 16 out/8 in port)
  • Avant Garde Project – Series of recordings of 20th century classical – experimental – electroacoustic music digitized from LPs whose music has in most cases never been released on CD, and so is effectively inaccessible to the vast majority of music listeners today.
  • THE ZERO GUIDE – The Guitar Zeros show how you can turn your Guitar Hero controller into a musical instrument.

Short links for March 31st, 2008

Some interesting things I bookmarked on del.icio.us on March 31st, 2008:

Haken Continuum
The Continuum by Haken Audio, $3390 for half-size, $5290 for a full-size board.
  • Gloggomobil: Programmable Music Machine – The wooden barrel is spun by means of a hand-crank on the side. Small pegs are inserted into pre-drilled holes in the barrel to determine what note plays and when. The music plays on a small-scale metallophone or Glockenspiel (like a xylophone but with metal tuned bars rather than wood).
  • Terje Isungset – Norwegian musician and percussionist who primarily plays intruments made from ice.
  • Zizzle Zoundz – Zoundz creates a fusion of self- composed music with an accompanying light show. Create your own riffs by placing one of Zoundz's pawns on an interactive “hot spot” on the sound board.

Short links for March 19th, 2008

Some interesting things I bookmarked on del.icio.us on March 19th, 2008:

  • The Sound of Touch – Instrument for real-time capture and sensitive physical stimulation of sound samples using digital convolution. Our hand-held wand can be used to record sound and then playback the recording by brushing, scraping, striking or otherwise physically manipulating the wand against physical objects. During playback, the recorded sound is continuously filtered by the acoustic interaction of the wand and the material being touched.
The Sound of Touch
A texture kit allows for convenient acoustic exploration of a range of materials.

Short links for March 13th, 2008

Some interesting things I bookmarked on del.icio.us on March 13th, 2008:

  • Korg Stylus-Controlled Tablet Synth for Nintendo DS: DS-10 – Two patchable 2 osc virtual synths, four-part drum machines, sequencer with 2 synth tracks, 4 drum machine tracks and 16 steps, effects (delay, chorus, flanger), touch-control screen with real-time sound control, a keyboard screen, and matrix screen.
Korg DS-10

Self-made tupperware instruments by ADACHI Tomomi

ADACHI Tomomi, born in Kanazawa, Japan in 1972, is performer, composer, sound poet, installation artist, and occasional theater director. He has made several sound installations and original instruments.

ADACHI’s self-made instruments are consists of simple electronic circuit, almost case built in tupperware. They never can make precise pitch, but have good sound and noise, easy to operate and carry and worked by battery.

Tomomin and Tomomin synthesizer
The Tomomin (left) and more complicated Tomomin synthesizer

The Tomomin, a simple monophonic oscillator device, has been used by Mike Patton, Omoide-hatoba and other musicians.

Check this page for more of Adachi’s instruments.

Link via Homemade Noize

Dr. Kurt Johnen’s pianist body reaction recording device

Modern Mechanix posted an interesting newspaper snippet from the year 1929: This Instrument Will Register Body Reactions of Student Piano Player.

Pianist body reaction instrument
For some reason these type of devices always look a bit creepy to me…

The article reads:

A NEW device has been patented by Dr. Kurt Johnen, Berlin piano pedagogue, which records the motions and bodily reactions of a piano player to determine if the selection is being properly interpreted. A lady is pictured being examined by the device. A pneumatic belt records the change of the circumference of the chest, pneumatic cuffs about the upper arms control the changes of muscle tension, through a hose is recorded the rhythms of respiration and another hose transfers the strength of touch. Dr. Johnen expects this device will aid him in instructing his pupils in interpretation.

Link via Boing Boing Gadgets

Short links for March 3rd, 2008

Some interesting things I bookmarked on del.icio.us on March 3rd, 2008:

  • Owl Project -2007 – It’s the small log with one very big idea: noise. Now the world’s most popular wood based noise generator / player lets you enjoy, glitch electronica, noise, and even the sound of light.
iLog
It’s Log, Log, it’s better than bad, it’s good!