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The Music Math Art and Science Electronic Book

Posted December 15, 2014 by Chris

"The Music,Math,Art and Science Electronic Book contains 4 pages that treat subjects like Music, Maths, Arts and Science and I thought it to be an inspiring introduction to the first year of Primary School that my niece will start this September. The book contains movable parts and uses the electrical capacitance of the human body to activate sounds and lights and other sensors."

High Voltage Keyboard

Posted December 12, 2014 by Chris

"This ‘musical keyboard’ uses flyback transformers to create an audio modulated high voltage arc discharge. Each key controls a driver board. When activated, the key applies power to a high voltage transformer. The transformer makes an arc, which is modulated at a set frequency. This frequency produces audio."

Karl Salzmann – TT8

Posted August 5, 2014 by Chris

"From Dec. 11th to 21st, I had my first residency at STEIM. I arrived with a number of turntables and hardware equipment to go further with my idea of building an instrument consisting of 8 turntables that are controllable by one unit to use them as an instrument."

Recording Sound With Discrete Logic

Posted July 14, 2014 by Chris

"The device records audio captured by a microphone at a sample rate of 8000Hz, it is stored into 8bit volatile SRAM, and then replayed out of a speaker, it is controlled via CMOS 4000 logic. It takes up 4 full breadboards, and requires -5, 0, 5 and 12v supplies. All chips are DIL."

The Strophonion – Instrument Development

Posted June 7, 2014 by Chris

"The Strophonion is an electronic instrument which was developed and built by STEIM from 2010 until 2011. It belongs to the instrument group, that is usually subsumed under the term live-electronics using gestural controllers. The following blog gives an insight into the entire process of developing and building the Strophonion from the beginning."

Plasma Sonic Speaker

Posted May 29, 2014 by Chris

"A Plasma Sonic Speaker is basically an arc between two point (or in free space aka Tesla Coil) that emits sound. This I believe was discovered when experimenters started trying to transmit audio via Amplitude Modulated Radio Signals using high voltage coils and spark gaps."

Playing WAV files with a PIC microcontroller

Posted May 18, 2014 by Chris

"An interesting project has come up as a fund-raiser for BuildBrighton members – to “hack” some alarm clocks and modify their behaviour so that instead of playing a single sample when the alarm sounds, one of up to seven different sounds can be played."

Breadboard Based Modular Synthesizer System

Posted April 18, 2014 by Chris

"This system is based on minimizing the differences in the input and output ‘languages’ used in various musical electronic formats. This means finding a way to allow free communication between logic, analog and eventually digital electronics. We are working to achieve this by finding a middle ground between these mediums where signal format and amplitude can be shared freely with minimal need for translators and adaptors."

Audio GPS Navigation

Posted March 29, 2014 by Chris

"This project demonstrates the ability to navigate a user based on synthesized directional audio which allows the user to move to a known location without the use of a visual aid. The module uses a GPS, a digital compass, and an ATmega32 to generate sound based on the direction that the user must turn in order to face the correct direction."

Phono Preamp Electronics Project

Posted March 25, 2014 by Chris

"Mr. Hat contacted me asking for a help in building a phono preamp for his vinyl record player that he recovered from oblivion somewhere. As you probably know, there are some issues with vinyl records that require audio tracks to be mastered in certain way before they are put into a disc."