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Short links for April 14th, 2009

Some interesting things I found recently:

Tweet A Sound

# Tweet A Sound

Tweet A Sound is a desktop application that uses Twitter as a platform for sharing sonic tweets. Pushing the idea of “social sound design”, Tweet A Sound allows you to design a sound and share it in a community of like-minded folks. It is an opportunity for fun interaction with sound.

The sound engine is based on FM Synthesis and has a waveshaper, a delay, feedback and a flanger. You can get a ton of interesting sounds out of these.

Tweet A Sound was built in Max/MSP and is available for download for Mac. A Windows version should be out soon.

# Nine Inch Nails : access

Free app for iPhone/iTouch now available.

  • Exchange messages and photos with other NIN fans in your neighborhood and around the world.
  • Access NIN news, photos, custom wallpapers, and your inbox.

Download here.

Kacie Kinzer Tweenbots

# tweenbots | kacie kinzer

Kacie Kinzer built some cute robots, set them loose in NYC, and documented the willingness of people to help the bots find their way.

Tweenbots are human-dependent robots that navigate the city with the help of pedestrians they encounter. Rolling at a constant speed, in a straight line, Tweenbots have a destination displayed on a flag, and rely on people they meet to read this flag and to aim them in the right direction to reach their goal.

The new bots look too cute!


Short links for June 5th, 2008

Some interesting things I found on June 5th, 2008:

# CellularRecombomat: patch-bay circuit bent cellular automata video synth


Tom Koch aka Univac writes:

My main idea with this gadget was to have optical control over the three main basic cellular automata (CA) controls (which are controlled by the pots on the right side, from the top): algorithm (the algorithm used to generate the type of cell which also controls what tone is generated based on the object created), width across the grid, and speed of cellular generation, each line generated one at a time from top to bottom.


# Drum Master – DIY Electronic Drum Brain – The Drum Master system is actually comprised of two parts:

  1. The hardware brain module (containing the Arduino microcontroller and a collection of circuits to assist in obtaining the sensor information) is called the Drum Master. This is connected via USB (technically, a virtual serial port over USB) to a computer,
  2. which is running the Drum Slave software, written in Python.

When a sensor is hit, the Drum Master converts the signal to a digital value, and sends this value (and the port on which the sensor was detected) over the serial port. The Drum Slave program listens for this, and plays the corresponding audio sample.


# Underwater Microphone (Hydrophone) – Construct a inexpensive hydrophone out of things laying around your house.

action_owl writes:

I decided to put up this instructable because (to my surprise) no one has a hydrophone instructable up yet. I made mine using a mixture of other people’s hydrophone creations that I found through a google search and a bit of ingenuity.


# Circuit Bent | Modified Fab Echo – Unlocking the Fab Echo’s delay potential. Add a Delay Rate knob (speed of repeats), increase the mix knob to full wetness, and to give it full feedback (which literally makes it feedback). Modded LFO’s to the delay circuit that cause strange swirly sounds, and pitch bending weirdness.


DIY guitar effects pedal parts

# Create Your Own Guitar Effects Pedal – This is a general instructable about how to build your own pedal clones.

It’s not hard to do, just take care that you read up on some info beforehand. There’s numerous schematics and layouts on tonepad.

If it’s the first build you’re doing it’s best to start with the easier stuff, like a simple fuzz or overdrive.


# Review: Percussa AudioCubes

David Battino writes:

At present, AudioCubes shine as a cool-looking device for experimentation and live performance. Only you can say whether that novelty justifies the boutique price; the results will depend on your creativity.


# Isidore, the modular robot with CV lights – "My friend Louis shot this video while I was testing the voltage controlled lights with some 16 steps sequence MIDI running in cubase, then converted to CV by Doepfer MCV24. All sounds by Doepfer A100 modular synth."


# How to Deal with MIDI Clock Signals in Arduino – Sebastian Tomczak shares some generic Arduino skeleton code that could be used to synchronise many different types of things to MIDI clock (and therefore ProTools, Ableton Live etc — any type of host sequencer).


Short links for May 21st, 2008

Some interesting things I found on May 21st, 2008:

# Hands-on: AudioCubes as Alternative Controller for Music and Visuals – Peter Nyboer, an A/V performer, Max/MSP guru, and developer for Livid, spent some time and gives us a look inside his brain as he works out what potential the cubes might have.

Percussa AudioCubes
Percussa AudioCubes are capable of generating and processing audio and MIDI information.

# Build a Talk box inside a Toilet Plunger – With a soldering iron, a pair of computer speakers, and some plumbing equipment (including a Toilet Plunger). You can build a pretty good Talk Box (a talk box is what artists like Daft Punk use to get that Robot Voice Effect on songs like Around the World

# Apple NesRemote – Agurri turns an old NES controller in to an Apple Remote.

# Building a simple electric bass – Flickr set of Peter le Roux homemade 2 string fretless bass guitar.

# Kits : MIDIATOR : PS2 to MIDI Converter – This converts a PS2 controller into a MIDI controller. The current firmware supports remapping of the buttons to different notes or controllers.

# MIDI Controlled Sega Master System Gameplay – A device that electronically manipulates the controller port pins of the Sega Master System so that the console detects presses and depresses of buttons based on MIDI note events. Both controller ports are supported.


# The Electronic Peasant’s SynthCase Page – A patchable voltage-controlled analogue synthesizer. This project used recycled parts whenever possible.

This included approximately 70% of the capacitors, 60% of the switches, 50% of the integrated circuits, 90% of the connectors, and all of the power supplies, regulators, wire, enclosures, and the small hardware such as screws, bolts, washers, etc.

# Video: Honda’s Asimo Robot Conducts Detroit Symphony Orchestra – Honda recently dispatched its miniature humanoid robot Asimo to Detroit, where it conducted the Detroit Symphony. We've been looking forward to checking out video from the show ever since we heard about this, and now the videos are starting to surface.

# More iPhone: A TR-909 Clone, and Dreaming of Ableton – IR-909 is a drum machine for the iPhone inspired by the Roland TR-909. IR-909 features a 16-step sequencer, 4 patterns, 8 different drum sounds and the ability to adjust tempo(BPM) and shuffle amount.


Short links for May 7th, 2008

Some interesting things I found on May 7th, 2008:

# PdiPod – Mrmr to Pd on iPhone & iPod Touch – Olle Holmberg made a Pure Data (Pd) patch that receives OSC messages from an iPod Touch or iPhone running Mrmr.


You can turn the signals into MIDI if you like, then use MidiPipe (in OS X) to send it on to any music program you like.

# Looping Musical Robot – This musical robot analyzes the incoming audio and tries to mimic it using a series of servos and solenoids attached to different objects. In this example it is trying to reproduce a clip from Citizen Kane.

# soundamus – generate a feed of new and upcoming music releases from your favorite artists on


Short links for May 6th, 2008

Some interesting things I found on May 6th, 2008:

# Jazz trash robot is an experimental sound-producing entity made from recycled electro-mechanical components. It is a collection of mechanical sequencers and timers, that can be connected together with various experimental instruments we have made or altered. Our instruments are build in an experimental manner, so they are quite unexpectable as themselves, but connecting them all through the robot gives them exponential possibilities for randomness and unexpectancy.

Jazz trash robot
Jazz trash robot, check the Flickr set for more images

The main idea is, that connecting a vast number of experimental instruments together in an experimental manner the instruments will produce a very complex and interesting soundscape. We can pretune the instruments so we can affect the direction of the end-result, but we can not fully control it.

In this project the Jazz Trash robot is the artist and the crew is working as technicians maintaining it. The robot can perform solo, we can leave some user interfaces open for the audience to jam with our robot, or we can perform together with the robot as one of our bandmembers.

# Random Music Box – a PIC-based organ that plays random chord progressions.

# Chiptune Music Theft Continues; Crystal Castles Abuses Creative Commons License
I'm pro sampling (and yes there are some grey areas) but I think it's fairly obvious when people take these things too far and go from taking inspiration to plain theft of songs. Not cool.

nine inch nails: the slip

# nine inch nails: the slip – NiN’s latest album is available for free.

Trent Reznor writes:

thank you for your continued and loyal support over the years – this one's on me.

The music is available in a variety of formats including high-quality MP3, FLAC or M4A lossless at CD quality and even higher-than-CD quality 24/96 WAVE. A .pdf with artwork and credits is included in the download. (CD and vinyl should be available in July).

# Pixels Go Mad – The Celebration Of Pixel Art – Over 50 excelent pixel art designs — illustrations, paintings and posters.

# Curious Inventor Kits : Voice of Saturn Sequencer – a 10 step analog sequencer, which basically steps through 10 different voltage levels that are set by the black knobs.


Short links for April 29th, 2008

Some interesting things I found on April 29th, 2008:

# Slashbot: The Guitar Hero Robot – A robotic system capable of autonomously playing the video game Guitar Hero.

Slashbot – mounted guitar and the fingers (solenoid actuators).

How does it work? The brightness of a pixel from the PlayStation2′s video signal is determined by the signal’s voltage amplitude. Since the notes are the brightest images on the screen they can be detected by setting trigger points. Once a detection is made, a control signal is sent to the robot after a specific delay (determined by the tempo of the song).

# Exclusive: Watch ‘Wanderlust,’ Björk’s New 3-D Video – Instructions on how to make 3-D glasses included.

# NI Ends Legal Dispute Over Traktor Scratch; Digital Vinyl’s Twisty, Turny History – As of Friday, it seems that the ongoing saga of a dispute over digital vinyl, beginning with the 2006 “divorce” of digital DJ titans Stanton Electronics and Native Instruments, may be over. NI released a statement Friday saying they had not only settled a US civil action patent case over their use of digital vinyl in Traktor Scratch, but had agreed to license the technology from N2IT Holdings, the US patent owners for digital DJing.

# DRUM MACHINE unplugged – YouTube video of a hand crancked drum machine. Matches are activating lever-matches by rotating the cylinder. Levermatches are kicking on several percussions. 4 Tracks.

# Dan McGrath’s Subwoofer Project – Dan writes:

I decided recently that my home cinema system could do with a nice subwoofer, and rather than buy something, I thought I'd build myself one…

# How To Make Your Own Scratchpad – How to make your own scratchpad with a pizza box and a computer mouse.


Short links for April 17th, 2008

Some interesting things I found on April 17th, 2008:

# TouchPad Midi – Started from a scavenged Cirque Glidepoint resistive touchpad (PS/2 compatible), 2×8 LCD (in 4 bit mode), two buttons and a serial Arduino board.

TouchPad Midi
TouchPad Midi – the Arduino code is available here

The buttons when pressed allow to set the Continuous Controller number by gliding the finger on the touchpad. Left for CC# linked to X and right for Y. The LCD displays the value sent in MIDI. Some custom characters where coded into the CGRAM in order to have a sort of bar graph. The first line is for X and the second for Y.

# Leon Berry’s Beast In The Basement – This organ was once used to accompany silent movies at the Lake Theater in Crystal Lake Illinois.

# Build a Pocket Theremin on the Cheap – Throw together this pint-sized light-sensitive Theremin for spooky sci-fi sound effects on the cheap.

# visual scratch :: turntablism visualized – Visual Scratch is a visualization system designed and implemented by Jesse Kriss.

# Eroktronix MidiTron – A MIDI to real-world interface designed to simplify the process of creating sensor and robotics based electronic art projects. It is easily user configurable and provides 20 terminals of digital and analog inputs and outputs in any combination.

# Hørselstest – Cool interactive hearing test. A few weeks I did a little test of my own with a frequency sweep on my dad’s cellphone. It’s scary to see what the years (and perhaps loud music) do to your ears. My uncle could only hear the sound almost 5 seconds after me and my wife heard it. Eeks!

# Super Genintari – This 4-in-1 Atari 2600/NES/Genesis/Super NES combo system actually began its life sometime circa early 2002, and at the time it only consisted of a Sega Genesis/32X and Super NES.

# Robot that listens then repeats drum beats made from lego NXT! – The program is written in NBC/NXC using BrickCC. A drum pattern is played by the user then after one second of silence the robot repeats the pattern played.