Posting has been a bit slow lately, been busy making things like these (click through to the site if you can’t see a video here):
I’m selling these first ones for 120 – 140 New Zealand dollars each but the price WILL go up steeply thereafter, so be in quick and grab one while they’re cheap. [edit: there are two is one left, the rackmount one in the video. It's on trademe here but of course you're welcome to contact me directly.]
For those interested in the circuit and construction of these instruments, they’re based on the same principle as Tim Escobedo’s synthstick, with a few modifications. Next one I make I’ll do a blow-by-blow with photos and stuff.
Alright, regular weeklyish posting resumes as of now.
Built 2 new optical theremin devices this weekend, one with an LFO modulating the oscillator voltage.
Here’s a quick video to demonstrate:
One of these devices was built to order for a DJ who plays a lot of gigs in a lot of different environments, and from my own experience using these light-controlled instruments in live settings I know it can get a bit tricky dealing with the many and varied light sources which are often out of your control.
That’s the reason for having a potentiometer in line with the LDR, so the LDR can be quickly tuned to the conditions.
Also if the light is so bad the LDR cant be used at all, it can simply be switched off and the pot used on its own.
Just before Christmas I played at Fukai Ongaku and I just got around to digging out the recording. Here ’tis:
I played solo with my home-made/bent gadgets, some percussion instruments, a couple of miniature keyboards, and the Mobius looping software, in a similar fashion as I did for the Idioelectric project a few months ago.
Not being particularly organised for this one, I forgot to start recording until I was well underway with a few loops already rolling, so it starts pretty abruptly and there’s a bit of a jump toward the end when the recording device was briefly powered off.
Apart from that there has been very little editing done. A little taken out here and there but nothing added.
Instruments used, roughly in order of first appearance:
wooden tongue drum
sine and square wave generators and filters
distorted drum machine sounds from the Alesis HR16-B
LFO pitch modulated square wave generator with bandpass filter