Short links for May 5th, 2008

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

# Tape Delay Machine – The tape (which moves counter-clockwise) travels through the left player (Realistic) where it's internal microphone records sound, and then travels to the Memorex which plays back the sound about 3 seconds later.

Tape Delay Machine
Realistic Stereo Mate and Memorex XB

A single tape loop runs through two modified cassettes (each which have had one of their left or right sides removed). The players themselves have had there walls (the two in the center, respectively) filed down, so the tape runs fluently.

# Little Helpers – motion sensitive mechanical oscillators – Bodies moving through a space trigger motors, sounding whatever object they are attached to.

# terminatorX – A realtime audio synthesizer that allows you to "scratch" on digitally sampled audio data (*.wav, *.au, .ogg, *.mp3, etc.) the way hiphop-DJs scratch on vinyl records.

# Metronome Synchronization – Synchronization of 5 coupled metronomes using tin cans in Lancaster University.

# Noise Theorem Sound Library – Collection of samples from classic drum machines and synths.

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Short links for April 10th, 2008

Some interesting things I bookmarked on del.icio.us on April 10th, 2008:

# Scientists ask: Can you sing death metal without ruining you voice? – Dr Julian McGlashan from Queens Medical Center in Nottingham asks whether the non-melodic bits of singing – the grunting and growling that ranges from Bryan Adams gentle grit to the full death growl – can be performed safely without knackering your voice.

Cube3 digital audio player

# Cube3 – A tiny (1"x1"x1") digital audio player with OLED color display. In addition to listening to music, you can now view digital images and watch video clips (magnifying glass sold separately…)
Cube3 features

  • Supports MP3, WMA, and “Protected” WMA (DRM)
  • PlaysForSure™ Certified – Compatible with music download and subscription-based sites.
  • Podcast Ready™ -enabled
  • View Digital Images and Watch Video Clips
  • Available in 2GB
  • Full Color OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) Display
  • Rechargeable Lithium Polymer Battery – 10 Hour Playtime
  • FM Tuner, FM Recording, and Voice Recording
  • SRS WOW HD (High Definition) and TruBass Sound Enhancement
  • High Quality SRS Designed Earbuds
  • Single Connector for Headphone, File Downloads, and Charging

# Build Your Own Electric Guitar! – Gbuilder writes: I have built several electric guitars over the years and through trial and error have learned many helpful tips that anyone who might want to tackle this sort of project needs to know before starting out.

# Psychosynth – a free software synthesizer inspired by the ideas of the Reactable.

# Teaser: ammoBox Project Digitally Scratches … What? – Nathan Ramella (co-creator of the Unofficial Ableton Live API) put Live and turntables together in a way you haven't seen before.

# Arduino and Silvia: Two Italians, One Tangled Affair – In this precisely hot affair, the Italian born microcontroller board, Arduino, has won the heart of a sensuous piece of Italian engineering named Silvia, an espresso machine by Rancilio.

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Short links for March 11th, 2008

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

Furby Gurdy!
Furby Gurdy! Find more cool circuit bent instruments on David Cranmer‘s website.
  • Bloxes – Bloxes are building blocks made of interlocking pieces of corrugated cardboard, folded together. Their unique shape and structure make them exceptionally strong and lightweight — you could build yourself a platform to stand on, and then pick it up and move it wherever you need to.
  • This is your Brain on Jazz: Researchers use MRI to study spontaneity, creativity – A pair of Johns Hopkins and government scientists have discovered that when jazz musicians improvise, their brains turn off areas linked to self-censoring and inhibition, and turn on those that let self-expression flow.
  • Chopper Tremolo Effect – Simple and low quality circuit (built it in about an hour), based on a simple NAND oscillator from an LED Chaser circuit.
  • 35 Fantastic HDR Pictures – Applied carefully, High Dynamic Range-technique (HDR) can create incredibly beautiful pictures which blur our sense of the difference between reality and illusion.
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Short links for March 2nd, 2008

Before the Music Dies

Some interesting things I bookmarked on del.icio.us on March 2nd, 2008:

  • Before the Music Dies – Narrated by Academy Award Winner Forest Whitaker, BEFORE THE MUSIC DIES is an unsettling and inspiring look at today’s popular music industry.
  • pi10k – Converting the first 10,000 digits of pi into a musical sequence.
  • Bat’s powerful lift is illuminated by fog – Technique shows how bats and insects share the secret of slow flight. Bats are awesome!
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Short links for February 4th, 2008

Some interesting things I bookmarked on del.icio.us on February 4th, 2008:

  • Pocket Electronic – An universal electronics DIY kit to build your own MIDI control box. Up to 16 controlling elements can be connected to PE transmitting 16 different MIDI messages on different (or even the same) MIDI channels.
  • Our daily bread – A film about where your food comes from in this age of globalization.
  • gaussmarkov: diy fx » Fuzzy Logic – A unique circuit for guitar effects builders. It uses readily available SIP sockets to allow easy transistor swapping.
Fuzzy Logic
Fuzzy Logic by Gaussmarkov
  • Remove shake and motion blur from photos – Nathan Willis dissected three applications for removing the effects of camera movement from your photos.
  • Mythbusters, airplane on a conveyor belt – Kottke’s liveblogging account of the Airplane on a conveyor belt myth.
  • Red Bull Art Of Can – Red Bull Art of Can is a national juried exhibition featuring artwork in a variety of media that have one thing in common?they are all inspired by Red Bull or crafted from the iconic blue and silver cans.
  • Star Wars R2-D2 Peppermill – Not that you’ve noticed… but all fine restaurants on Tatooine feature R2-D2 pepper grinders. Usually after you order your salad of Dagobah greens a Wookie will come around and offer you some fresh ground pepper from one of these handy droid-based mills.
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