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Short links for December 4th, 2008

Some interesting things I found recently:

Open Reel Ensemble

# Califaudio: Open Reel Ensemble – Califaudio posts about the Open Reel Ensemble: scratching 4 reel-to-reel analog tape recorders to make some really cool music.

They hook up a keyboard, microphones, computers loaded with Max/MSP, USB interfaces, lights and solenoids to old-school reel-to-reel decks and mic the strange sounds of their voices, singing bowls and tabla.

# NYC: Handmade Music Now Monthly – 12/11 Event, Call for Works, Beep-It Workshop – Peter @ CDM reports that Handmade Music, the regular series of DIY music tech parties CDM hosts with and Make Magazine in New York, is back.

# Partners In Rhyme – Free Drum Loops – A nice collection of free 16bit/44kHz .wav drum loops from Partners In Rhyme (hip hop, rock, techno, drum n bass and jungle drum loops)

Wii Drum High

# Wii Drum High

HE Zhao's open source Wii peripheral drum-kit project:

With Nintendo Wii remote, Nunchuk and Wii Balance Board, it is easy to produce drum kit sounds from programming of their acceleration, joystick and weight data. These data can be transmitted from Wii controllers via Bluetooth to PC or Mac without Wii consoles. Wii Drum High integrates all three kinds of Wii controllers to stimulate a complete drum set of Hi-hat, Snare, Base drum, Crash cymbal, Ride cymbal, Mid tom and Low tom. Up to 4 sets of Wii remote and nunchuk can be used at the same time. (one of my colleague succeeded in connecting 5 wiimotes to a PC, but I've never tried)

# SevenUpLive for the Monome 40h and 64 – a Java application that combines 8 different monome applications into one interface. With it, your monome communicates with Ableton Live 7 via MIDI and allows MLR-like functionality along with other goodies like sliders, sequencing melodies, creating patterns of beats, saving/loading/queueing your songs, and more.


Short links for August 20th, 2008

Some interesting things I found on August 20th, 2008:

AtomoSynth: Mochika2

# AtomoSynth: New Mochika2. MIDI Sync

Mochika2 features

  • One square and saw waveform VCO (voltage controlled oscillator) with a huge pitch range, from subsonic to ultrasonic sound.
  • One square and triangle waveform LFO (low frequency oscillator), that modulates the VCO for the vibrato effect creating old school arcade Atari-like sounds.
  • White noise generator that triggers the VCO and can create percussion like sounds.
  • 8 step Sequencer with note on/off switch and pitch knob for each step .
  • It has a 1/4 inch audio output, 1/4 inch CV Output (to control other analog gear).
  • A MIDI input to sync the Mochika with any midi device sending midi clock signals, the mochika can sync 1,2,4 and 8 times the tempo of the master clock midi device.
  • 1 ultra bright red led that indicates the LFO Rate, and 8 red leds to indicate the step that is being played. Very useful when you play it on a dark stage.

# Negotiated Project B: Live Gigging Visualisation System – Check Luke McGowan's real-time music visualisation system.

# How-To: Hack a ThingamaKIT – The ThingamaKIT is an anthropomorphic analog synthesizer kit from Bleep Labs. Using "LEDacles", photoresistors, knobs, and switches, it generates interesting high pitched vocalizations. Bleep Labs sent us a review unit and this article shares our experiences building and using the kit. We've also included a tutorial on making some hacks, modifications, and circuit bends to it. Skip to the end to see a video of our hacked kit in action.

# Arduinome: An Arduino-Based Monome Clone, Behind the Scenes – A Monome clone based on the Arduino microcontroller.

The “Arduinome” gifts the Monome with two new possibilities. First, it’s a breakthrough on the availability front: at a time when official Monome kits are backordered, it makes it easier to make your own Monome on a budget. Second, it makes hardware hacking on the Monome far easier, by allowing people to make microcontroller-level modifications on the relatively friendly Arduino platform. (The Arduino was designed not for electrical engineers, but for artists just dipping their toes into electronics, even for the first time.)

Cell Phone Disco

# Cell Phone Disco – Cell Phone Disco is a surface that visualizes the electromagnetic field of an active mobile phone.

Several thousand lights illuminate when you make or recieve a phone call in the vicinity of the installation. Cell Phone Disco makes an invisible property of the environment perceptible to our senses. It reveals the communicating body of the mobile phone.

# public beta – full launch soon – Machinecollective is about physical computing, hardware prototyping, (remote) personal manufacturing, human/machine interaction and control surface development. Machinecollective is you, me and the machines, connected through this online community. Machinecollective is a public experiment, with community driven open source hardware as a foundation for further exploration and development.

# DS-10 US Preorder Available; US Ship Date 9/30 – Korg’s DS-10, a synth for your Nintendo DS handheld, is now available for preorder in the US from


Short links for July 28th, 2008

Ohm - lo-fi cardboard sampler

Some interesting things I found on July 28th, 2008:

# “ohm” lo-fi cardboard sampler – “Ohm” is a series of electronic lo-fi noiseboxes/recorders made with laser cut grey cardboard.

The interface and the inner circuits are printed with a special conductive paint. By touching the printed surface the user can modify the sound in different ways.

# DIY Monome Clone – Julien Bayle uses an arduino board to create a Monome clone.

Julien writes:

At the beginning, I would like to inspire me from the big MONODECK II made by Robert Henke. I explore the BIG and powerful community and the shop site associated, and I found a website about a very pretty and powerful interface: monome. But the monome was only a monochromatic leds & buttons matrix. As I didn’t choose anything, I decided to build my own hardware: a multicolored monome clone.

# Korg DS-10 demo video – YouTube user Denkitribe shows a "very serious virtual analog synth".

# Open Source GigaStudio Petition: Why It’s Unlikely – Peter Kirn on the future of GigaStudio now that TASCAM put everything giga in their legacy archive.

# vvvv Adds Music Features; Get Your Synesthesia Patching On, Free on Windows – vvvv, the free-for-non-commercial-use patching environment on Windows, already has a cult following among visualists. Now, it’s looking more interesting for music, too, with the 4.0 beta 17 release.


Build your own monome 40h

The monome 40h is a reconfigurable grid of sixty-four backlit buttons. It is open source and you can write your own applications for it. The 40h uses usb and talks serial, midi, and open sound control which makes it a really nice device to use with max/msp or reaktor.

Unfortunately though, monome has sold all their 40h stock…

But, if you’re not afraid of DIY, you can now order a logic kit and keypad kit to build your own monome compatible device.

monome kit
monome kit – the logic kit

The logic kit provides the “brains” for the device, while the keypad kit includes the… keypads!

I’m afraid these kits are not for everyone. Just take a look at this visual assembly guide to see what you’re up against.

monome highly recommends past soldering experience:

  1. we provide no warranty.
  2. no returns, sorry.

Visit monome for more information and be sure to read it all before buying these kits.