Monotron Hacking

Collin’s Lab: Monotron Hacking from MAKE magazine on Vimeo.

I found Korg Monotron’s to be the perfect priced gift for my music friends. So far I’ve given two of these little guys away.

“The Monotron mini analog synthesizer was made to be hacked – learn how to add your own control-voltage inputs and check out some sample synthing played via strobe light.” – Make Magazine

For more info: korg.com/monotron

photo credit: Nurettin Mert AYDIN

Muff Wiggler Brooklyn

September 2010 Wiggler meetup from Pete Shambler on Vimeo.

Here’s a nice video from a meetup in Brooklyn of members of the Muff Wiggler forum. DIY meets modular.

“… Muff Wiggler enjoys scaring friends, family, neighbours and cats alike with bizarre and frightning electro-analog mayhem.” – muffwiggler.blogspot.com

Visit the forum: muffwiggler.com

Music Toys found in The Bronx

A few weeks ago The New York Times had an article on The Bronx neighborhood Kingsbridge. Sometimes I ride my bike through Kingsbridge on my way to Inwood Park. Recently I stopped in the thrift store the article mentioned and played with some old music toys. If you can’t see the flash slideshow above: click here

“3 P.M. Dive in at Unique Thrift Store, 218 West 234th Street, (718) 548-1190. Forget the secondhand shops in Manhattan and Brooklyn, where hipsters and bargain hunters have already snapped up the good stuff. Here you can take your time combing through the Hawaiian shirts, vintage blouses and snow parkas. Recently spotted gems include a corduroy suit for $9.99, a giant feather-bedecked floppy hat, and a book about high-stakes gambling called “The Man With the $100,000 Breasts.” – The New York Times

For more info: New Life, but Still a Small-Town Feel

Reed Ghazala the father of circuit bending

The Sound Builders series continues with a visit to Cincinnati and Reed Ghazala. He’s got some great looking toys!

“Reed takes us into his workshop where we get a glimpse into his world of circuit bending, exploring the history and evolution of this art. Reed bends our minds by walking us through the struggles and triumphs he endured while establishing the art of circuit bending. We tinker with several of Reed’s machines, manipulating sound and opening our minds to this fascinating art form. He works on a project for Motherboard while explaining the method to this music madness, his process, his teachings, as well as the different inventions he has created over the years.” – motherboard.tv

For more episodes: motherboard.tv