"We won’t pretend the SK-1 is the definitive sound of thousands of club tracks... the SK-1 looks like a toy, feels like a toy and by today’s standards it most definitely is a toy."There, now we got that out of the way, you can understand a little more about it making their list. It's more about the SK-1 providing inspiration to budding bedroom producers. While not on too many chart toppers, the SK-1, Speak & Spell, etc., are sometimes gateways into a much deeper pursuit. Whether it lead to hobby/music electronics, higher level electronics, computer programming, music production, circuit bending these old machines can be a really great launching point. It is pretty cool that the SK-1 made their list.
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
I wrongly assumed the "Weird Sound" box in the awesome NIN spoof video "This is a Trent Reznor Song," was just a prop. I decided to ask Director/Writer/Musician Freddy Scott:
@BentTronics That is an actual working unit designed and created by @Dr_Blankenstein !Dr. Blankenstein, a.k.a., Drew Blanke was a finalist in the Moog circuit bending challenge in 2012. His website is full of instruments he has built and is worth checking out.
— Frederick Scott (@freddyscott) March 27, 2014
Sunday, March 23, 2014
If so, MIDI HACK may be of interest to you. OSC, CV, and VST/AU will be represented as well.
"The goal of MIDI HACK is to bring together industry leaders, interesting start-ups, software developers, hardware fanatics and musicians who push the envelope of music creation, and to spawn great and creative ideas for the future."The event will take place in Stockholm, Sweden, 17-18 2014. MIDI HACK
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Back in 2006 I scored some major deals when Radio Shack shut down about 500 of their stores. Now Forbes says the retailer is shutting down 1100 stores. I made sure to find out which locations near me were closing and wait until the "normal" going out of business sales were over. Meaning, the longer you wait, they more the prices will drop. I don't think I paid more than 50% of normal price and some items were much less, and they were selling everything at that point - shelving, display racks, etc. I was able to pick up a lot of items like audio transformers, midi cables, transistors, and other items that are just nice to have on hand and build up your circuit bending junk box.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Just released, the Atmegatron from Soulsby Synthesizers, is an Open Source 8-bit mono synth based on the Arduino platform. There is already alternative software available so it can be reprogrammed as a drum machine, polyphonic synth (4-note paraphonic), SFX, bass synth, lead synth, and since the source code is open source you can experiment with writing your own. "It's an electronic musician's dream, combining the sounds of 1980s home computers with the flexibility and power of a modern synthesizer," say the developers.
Saturday, March 1, 2014
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Friday, February 14, 2014
Don't forget, the deadline for the 4th Annual Moog Circuit Bending Challenge is Midnight EST on February 23rd, 2014. Videos of some of the entries can be found here.