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

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photo credit: Nurettin Mert AYDIN

Loud Objects Noise Toy

Loud Objects “Noise Toy” x2 from Pete Shambler on Vimeo.

Loud Objects is a group born of Columbia students, composers, programmers and an architect. You can get their noise making kits from Make Magazine and they played live in the US, Europe and Japan.

My boss recently gave me a Loud Objects “Noise Toy” kit as a gift. When paired with the one we’ve already got at our place, they make a glorious sound. –

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The Bent Festival starts this week in New York City.

The Bent Festival is a traveling roadshow where people display and perform with their Circuit Bent instruments. We all know what circuit bending is right? If you live in a city hosting one of the shows I recommend going. It’s one of those things your girlfriend will laugh at you for but it will make you a better person. Enjoy some truly interesting home brew creations ranging from the starter mod “Speak N Spell hack” to a Furbee gone berserk.

The Bent Festival is an annual art and music festival celebrating DIY electronics, hardware hacking, and circuit bending. Each year we invite artists from across the country and around the globe to perform music with their home-made or circuit bent instruments, teach workshops to adults and children alike, create beautiful art installations and to generally come together, face to face, and showcase the state of the art in DIY electronics and circuit bending culture. –

As I mentioned in this post I went a few years ago and really enjoyed myself. Each year the festival grows and is now associated with Make Magazine which is one of my favorite reads. I saw the following video on the mighty Matrixsynth blog today:

New York – April 24-26
LA – April 17-19
Minneapolis – May 1-3