Call for Interest: Handmade Music/Noise Night

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Re: Call for Interest: Handmade Music/Noise Night

Postby noise » Sat Feb 20, 2010 9:32 am

Cool, thanks for the heads up, maybe I'll fly down and check it out.
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Re: Call for Interest: Handmade Music/Noise Night

Postby noise » Sat Feb 20, 2010 10:00 am

Just a quick update, here's what is in play for next Thursday.

Noisy throwies - I'm trying to get the parts together so we have something small to build if anyone is interested. I've had a definite focus problem this week, so I've got some work to do still.

Wayne's retro sound chips - these could be some fun, take a look at the blog post if you are interested, I'm not sure where this will go exactly.

Performance - We're still looking for somebody to perform, Paul and I are going to hit a show tonight where Alex and Nick from GetLoFi will be performing, so hopefully something will come of that.

Show and Tell - as always bring your projects to show off.

Alex and Nick are actually performing Saturday, Sunday and Monday with some other bands, here are the FB event pages:
SHORT CIRCUIT
D.I.Y. Soundscapers
Audible Humdrum
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Re: Call for Interest: Handmade Music/Noise Night

Postby wammie » Sat Feb 20, 2010 1:32 pm

Another update:

I've started a rough inventory of electronic parts which can be used for music or other projects. Among some of the ICs/things I plan to bring:
  • (3) SN76477 complex sound generator ICs
  • (4) 74LS47 BCD to 7-segment decoder
  • (3) 4066 quad analog switch
  • 555 timers
  • (1) Duemilanove Arduino and USB cable
  • (2) photocells
  • (4) 0.41" LED displays, common cathode
  • (3) Red momentary pushbutton switches
  • (2) LM741V op amps
  • (4) LM741CN op amps
  • (several) 1N914 diodes
  • 7805 5V voltage regulator
  • (several) general purpose transistors (2N3904, 2N3906, 2N2222)
  • (several) low power Schottky and CMOS logic ICs
  • (2) RS-232 sockets
  • (2) 4017 decade counters
  • telephone pickup coil (suction cup)
  • (several) test clips with leads
  • (several) small 8 ohm speakers
  • (1) cable with mini stereo plugs on each end
  • large breadboard
  • (several) red LEDs
  • (1) crystal microphone
  • assortment of resistors and capacitors
  • resistor substitution box
  • (3) 9V battery clips
  • tools, multimeter, soldering iron

I have a few more useful components such as 4060 ripple carry binary counters, TLC548 analog to digital converters, VN10KM and VN67AF VMOS power transistors, etc., but probably won't bring to this event as we'll probably not have enough time for the semi-complicated designs these would require.

I will also be bringing my collection of Engineer's Mini Notebooks from Forrest M. Mims. These have a lot of fabulous useful, fun, and instructive circuits. The titles I have are:
"Basic Semiconductor Circuits", "Communications Projects", "Op Amp IC Circuits", "Optoelectronics Circuits", "Science Projects", "555 Timer IC Circuits", "Formulas, Tables and Basic Circuits", "Digital Logic Circuits", and "Schematic Symbols, Device Packages, Design and Testing".

I'm willing to share the above for experimentation purposes while at the Music/Noise Night event.

Things that I'd ask others to bring to the event or locate at the Hack Factory, as far as electronic devices are concerned, would be:
  • laptop computer (Windows) to share for Internet research, Arduino programming, midi playing
  • benchtop variable power supply
  • Arduino programming knowledge
  • good potentiometers (rotary and slider) and rotary switches (mine are old and likely noisy)
  • good set of resistors and capacitors with common values
  • computer speakers
  • incandescent bulbs or LEDs
  • headsets
  • RS-232 plugs
  • discrete mini stereo jacks, plugs, plug-to-plug cables
  • interesting I/O components
  • solenoids or magnet wire/parts to make some

I have some plans for other music/noise machines which I'd like to explore, involving more "macro" devices such as door bells, chimes, buzzers, pipes, and the like. If anyone else is actually bringing parts for such machines I'll also bring along some of my devices.

Also, if two or more people besides myself would be interested in hearing some midi performances/emulations on our kick-ass Hack Factory speakers, I'll try to find some time to put some files on a USB drive and run a demonstration. If there's little interest in this, I won't bother.

Maybe people have created other electronic pieces for computer/MP3 players too? If we aren't able to get live performers, maybe some attendees can show off their self-made tunes.

Kudos to Pat and Paul for their efforts on this event! Way to go, guys!

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Re: Call for Interest: Handmade Music/Noise Night

Postby wammie » Sun Feb 21, 2010 8:29 pm

The above post has been updated. Notably, I have three, not two, SN76477 chips.

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Re: Call for Interest: Handmade Music/Noise Night

Postby heuermh » Mon Feb 22, 2010 3:40 pm

Just wanted to leave a list of my interests here, since I'm not sure I can make it this month.

ChucK and related
http://chuck.cs.princeton.edu
http://github.com/heuermh/lick

Processing and related
http://processing.org
http://www.beadsproject.net
http://www.sojamo.de/libraries/oscP5
http://www.illposed.com/software/javaosc.html

I've made washtub bases, diddley bows, modular pickup blocks, etc. I'll try to get photos and plans for those up on a blog some day.

I will be ordering some parts in the near future

Blue 3PDT switches
http://diystompboxes.com/zencart/index. ... ucts_id=23
http://www.pedalpartsplus.com/mm5/merch ... y_Code=SWI
etc.

Creme Dementia’s Handmade Contact Mics
http://www.getlofi.com/?page_id=1472

Chrome knobs
http://www.stewmac.com/shop/Knobs/Dome_ ... _Knob.html

Please let me know if you're interested in going in on larger quantity orders.

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Re: Call for Interest: Handmade Music/Noise Night

Postby noise » Mon Feb 22, 2010 4:13 pm

Awesome stuff, thanks! I hope you can come. Otherwise I should be at the Wednesday gathering too.

FYI, Austin (Creme Dementia) sells his mics for $10 at shows, he will be at Big V's tonight with his band CMKT4. I went to see them at Shuga Records on Saturday.

Nick H. (Pelzwik) will also be there, he sells his own varieties of contact mics and also sells kits to make your own.

Here's the event page:
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=3 ... 7382899382

Mmmm, those knobs look tasty, what's your current quantity?
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Re: Call for Interest: Handmade Music/Noise Night

Postby wammie » Mon Feb 22, 2010 6:03 pm

So last night I got most of a circuit breadboarded around an SN76477. I should soon know whether or not my three chips are in working condition.

I have a really shitty collection of old capacitors and deciphering the codes is a pain. I might have to go to The Shack and get some before Thursday, unless someone attending this event is willing to bring and share some. If someone can bring a capacitance meter that would be appreciated too.

I'm also prepared to do a demonstration of midi playback using soundfont substitutions and digital signal processing using convolution, if someone brings a Windows laptop that I can use for the demo. I have everything I need on a USB drive and no software installations will be required.

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Re: Call for Interest: Handmade Music/Noise Night

Postby noise » Mon Feb 22, 2010 7:43 pm

I'm glad you've made some progress, life has prevented me from getting very far with my plans.

I guess I mostly see this first Handmade Music as a meeting of like minds so that we can see what direction we want to take it. I know what my interests are, but I want to get a feel for whatever group shows up.
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Re: Call for Interest: Handmade Music/Noise Night

Postby runagate » Tue Feb 23, 2010 8:04 am

heuermh: LiCK Library for ChucK? Thanks for this. I've got ChucK on my list of things to investigate more closely, since I was trying to make a pre-anylized FFT file format for audio and suddenly had the bright idea to search Google for those terms and found TAPESTREA ( http://taps.cs.princeton.edu/ ). I wasn't even aware, yet, that there were libraries for ChucK.

Also, I noticed ya'll didn't have access to the Handmade Music page on noisepages, right?
So I reposted the event #1 info on my page Digital Shiv:
http://runagate.noisepages.com/

I hope I'll be able to come check out the Hack Factory but Thursday is literally the only day I have far too much to attend to anytime in the foreseeable future. :roll:

Did you find anyone else to play music/make a demonstration? The only people I could think of that I hadn't already asked if they could come that made homebrew music stuff was Beatrix JAR but I came across a mention of their workshop here already so I guess they probably already know. I wish I could do it but my partner appears to be too busy to swing by and drop off our ZiiEGG/software control surface prototype.

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Re: Call for Interest: Handmade Music/Noise Night

Postby noise » Tue Feb 23, 2010 8:12 am

Yeah no luck for an act, Beatrix Jar likes get get actual MONEY for their performances, horror!

So anyway, we'll figure something out, Paul and I will bring some of our toys and make some noise (Paul has some sweet toys...and a banjo...).

Everyone PLEASE bring your own handmade instruments (or whatever), it's been a little tough to get things organized for this first Handmade Music, so it may mostly be a big show and tell session.

And if anyone has any stuff they've been working on in Pd, Supercollider, Processing, Chuck or whatever, bring that too.
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