Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Silver Rock Signature Knob

From Home Made to Haute Couture these Silver Rock Signature wooden Knobs cost a princely $485. "The point here is the micro vibrations created by the volume pots and knobs find their way into the delicate signal path and cause degradation (Bad vibrations equal bad sound). With the signature knobs micro vibrations from the C37 concept of wood, bronze and the lacquer itself compensate for the volume pots and provide (Good Vibrations) our ear/brain combination like to hear…way better sound!!" - well as long as we're talking way better sound then I guess scientifically I'd better run out and get them NOOOWWW!

Monday, May 28, 2007

Home Made Wooden Pipe Organ & other wooden machines.

In amongst all the woodwork tutorials at Matthias Wandel's WoodGears website you can find a few intertesting descriptions of a homemade wooden pipe organ and a strange semi-musical instrument called a Marble Machine. I don't think I'll be building these any day soon :)

Gentlemens Society Circuit Bending Marching Band

I want to see this in next years Paddy's Day march... I'd be up for it :)

The Amen Break

"This fascinating, brilliant 20-minute video narrates the history of the "Amen Break," a six-second drum sample from the b-side of a chart-topping single from 1969. This sample was used extensively in early hiphop and sample-based music, and became the basis for drum-and-bass and jungle music -- a six-second clip that spawned several entire subcultures. Nate Harrison's 2004 video is a meditation on the ownership of culture, the nature of art and creativity, and the history of a remarkable music clip."

Although this vid has been around for a while you might not have seen it...
Download the Amen Break HERE - make sure to check out the edits at the bottom of the page.

Friday, May 25, 2007

MIDI Laser Drum

Same guy as the vid below. This time he uses a laser level, an optical sensor and a micro-controller to create a MIDI laser drum...

Driver's License as Ableton Live MIDI Controller

"Using the magnetic strip on the back of my driver's license to make a ribbon controller which then controls Autofilter in Live 6 via MIDI." - db3ll

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Ciat-Lonbarde DIY synths

Ciat-Lonbarde, from what I can make out on the website, make crazy slightly disfunctional random synths. Their synth creations use purpose built instability and randomness. The synths themselves look and sound a bit like circuit bent toys. The one pictured above Fyrall is almost like a circuit benders audio workbench. Wire it up any way you like and see what happens. There are plenty of audio demos for you to listen to. I liked them all but for some reason the Rollz-5 Drum Machine, a wierd looking combination of wooden hanging mobile and odd ball drum machine, especially got my attention. It just sounds great.

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Anthony Rother Interview in his Studio

Anthony Rother interview in his studio talking about his kit, how he goes about making a tune and of course the old hardware V software debate.