Thursday, May 15, 2014

Free circuit bending lab at Northern Illinois Univ. this Saturday.

The STEM Outreach Bright Futures program is hosting a free Circuit Bending lab this Satuday at NIU.

The lab will be held from 9 a.m. to noon in Room 146 of NIU’s Swen Parson Hall.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Circuit Bent sound library for Ableton, Kontakt & Logic on sale, only $9.99!

Puremagnetik has released Hyperbent, a collection of sounds including over 200 clips and over 500 individual multisamples from over 80 circuit bent and hacked electronics.

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Arduino TRE Developer Edition is now available. Beta Testers wanted.

Today, a post on the Arduino Blog  states a limited run of the long awaited Arduino TRE is now available for Beta Testers.  50 "Developer Edition" pre-production boards are available at the hefty price of €149.00 ($204.38 as of today).  However, that price gets you:
"not a typical Arduino board. It’s a Linux computer running on a Sitara processor, plus a full Arduino Leonardo. It builds upon the experience of both Arduino and, combining the strengths of both."

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Casio SK-1 makes Attack Magazine's list of 9 samplers that defined dance music.

"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, March 26, 2014

NIN spoof video features real Circuit Bent/Home Brew synth.

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:
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.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Do you bend/hack/make MIDI controllers?

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

Be on the lookout for Sales! Radio Shack closing 1100 stores.

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

A DIY 8-bit Arduino based mono synth, drum machine and more

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

Play a Retro-Sounding Commodore 64 Emulation in a Browser

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Glitch Art! Announcing the Moog Circuit Bending Finalists!

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