Car Wash and Van Houten Farms

I’m lucky to have my own driveway in NYC. I’m also lucky to have a beautiful apple tree that blooms to park underneath. The only problem is hundreds of birds love this tree too. Therefore going to the car wash has become a routine trip. I’m amazed that for $10 you can get a full car wash that includes a full cleaning of the interior too.

Car Wash by thingstocome

My mother is a avid gardener. There were four large planters outside my building that were just dirt and weeds to I asked her to help me choose some plants to fix the situation. You can see the full set of photos of my “garden”: click here

Van Houten Farms by thingstocome

You can hear more of my field recordings here: soundcloud.com/thingstocome/sets/field-recordings

Hex OSC Full Harmonic Keyboard

I’ve always wanted a C-Thru Axis keyboard. I think it would definitely spark some creativity. The price has always been the issue. Interestingly you can now get a Harmonic table keyboard for your iPad (or iPhone but that misses the point). It’s called Hex OSC Full and it’s $15.99: click here (iTunes link)

“Hex Series is musical keyboard software for iPhone / iPad / iPod touch, which has substantial 98 keys. The keyboard layout can be changed in order to extend tone range by a single shake while you play in iPhone / iPod touch. Hexagonal keys have certain note relationships like guitar chords. When you know the patterns, you can transpose smoothly. Furthermore, both Hex OSC and Hex OSC Full transmit OSC(Open Sound Control), so you can control software and hardware ,which can deal with OSC. You can also control MIDI software and hardware by converting OSC to MIDI. We provide patch for Max/MSP named “HexOSCtoMIDI” for free.” – sky-light.jp/hex/en/

For more info: sky-light.jp/hex/en/

Propellerhead ReBirth for iPhone

Surprise! The software that made Propellerhead famous has returned: ReBirth for the iPhone. Who wasn’t amazed to have Roland TB-303s, 808s and 909s on their 1990′s computers? Now we can have it on our phones. It’s $6.99 and you can download it now: click here

“ReBirth is back…In your iPhone! Propellerhead Software’s legendary Techno Micro Composer has been reincarnated. This time around, ReBirth takes the form of a seriously block rocking iPhone music app. Released in 1997 and discontinued in 2005, Propellerhead ReBirth was the first music software to reproduce the sound and behavior of those three classic Roland devices that defined the sound of early Techno and Acid House: the TB-303 Bassline Synth and the TR-808 and TR-909 Rhythm Composers.” – rebirthapp.com

For more info: rebirthapp.com

Electronics Enclosures

We all can’t be Robert Moog but with all the info online it’s easier than ever to give it a shot. I installed a dimmer switch in my living room recently… here’s a photo: click here

“Every useful electronics project deserves a good enclosure. Providing a proper case for your circuit can protect it from accidental spills & falls – plus give it a cool look you can proudly show off to those unfamiliar with soldering and such.” – makemagazine

For more info: blog.makezine.com/circuit_skills_electronics_enlosure