I've been modifying my Boss DR-110 drum machine. It was the last all analogue beat box they produced. It already sounded lovely, but had little tweakability and very limited sync possibilities. I added 6 trigger inputs for the drums. These are short circuit connections that are triggered via midi with my highly liquid MSA-P decoder. Seeing as i had the box open I also added the tonal mods detailed on Dave Magnuson's ResonantFrequency site. The pots and triggers for the mod are housed in a VHS cassette box, connected to the 110 via a 25pin d-type . I used every pin, plus the chassis of the connector. I plan to add the accent trigger in via the trigger out jack. Here are some pictures. I'm editing a little video that I'll stick up as soon as. I really like it. :#
here's the schematic for my ACITEST box. its a heavily modified hex-inverter oscillator, using 2 inverters as oscillators, one as a pre-amp/distortion and mega diode modulation as can be seen below in the schematic;
short clip of me vj'ing with dj bastardo at gob. modded nes, midines, mpc500, modded sony home studio and colour corrector
i found this image i made of the bend points on the nintendo, and the cic lockout pin that needs disabling to play multi-region carts i also modded both nes that i use with stereo outs. this splits the audio signal before the mono mixer and gives you the square wave channels on one out and the triangle, noise + samples on another. it also gives a much cleaner signal, ie a much lower noise floor. more info here
aaaand here's my latest noise box, the 'acitest'. A heavily modded hex inverter as seen in nic collins' . book. Pics and schematic to follow, but for now, a little movie
Getlofi and CDM are running a bending challenge on oct28th. Go out, get a toy, bend it, document it, then upload it to the internet. i'm happy to host any submissions, including my own. the 28th is a sunday, so if your in exeter that means car boot then steptoes, right? there's a mystery prize too. check cdm + glf for more info.
Yes this sunday 2nd september at the Angel, Queen street, Exeter. Its an all day psyche art freakout with david from musicbox. I'll be manipulating 80's video game graphics and visual bent trickery in a warm wet late 60's style. also will be spinning some cold black vinyl from the days when my dad was cool.
*EDIT* gig is called 'people on sunday' and is organised by birds,orphans and fools, creators of some rather tasty psych comps available from otto retro and brazil videos both on fore st exeter. sunday will feature live music, spoken word, dj's and cinema. i'm on from 4pm. looks like its going to be monthly too :#
France was surprisingly cool btw. Fulfilled a lifetime ambition and 'sang' the muppets version of tenderly with the band. vid soon
More Fun Things.Yes thats right not one but two circuit bending workshops in the month of september, in the mecca of western civilisation that is exeter. Come play with my toys and learn how to make your own. We'll be getting hands on and taking apart some boot fair bounty to make our own interplanetary communication devices. NO PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE OF ANYTHING NECESSARY. Sat 8th+15th Sept.Book a place with the Phoenix Box office on 01392667080. £14/10 Concs. 1030-1630 ish. Use the contact form below for more info or to reserve a place.
Other Stuff. Performing live as support/reasonable alternative to the ozric tentacles at Exeter Phoenix on fri28th sept. I'll be providing the entertainment in the bar with Edward.j.Hicks, Simon Egan and YOU. Yes come join the party. Anything experimental that will freak out the hippys is acceptable. Contact me using the form below or just show up with your hoover and some contact mics.
AAAAAnd. Some content from this gig last saturday.As predicted I payed no attention to anything else happening that night. I did make the phoenix look pretty though. Thanks to Oli for pics and video. Here is his music.lots of pretty pictures;
It worked. We now have 8 hours of 16 tracks of synchronous music for a theme park ride. Reaper is really nice, I'd strongly recommend it. It made all the tricky tasks like I/O routing and sync editing really straightforward. Btw the music is hilarious, I'll try to post some soon. More free stuff . I'd been looking for a freeware stand alone drum sound synthesiser. Drumsynth is based on the same analogue synthesis used in all the classic tasty analogue drum machines. Time to feed my MPC
And everyone loves hardware hacking right? These guys have got some really cute DIY circuits up, including a very simple sequencer and an envelope generator, oli?
A red hot sound and light monster truck party. See me launch my new range of vj toys and spin some ice cold black vinyl. Phoenix sun deck, boat drinks from 9. Here is more about the other acts, but you want to see me, right?
I'm on the road this month earning cash money to finance my next few months creativity, so no new creations. Have found some nice bending workshop pics of mine, from sept 05 in southampton and oct 06 in london.
the media centre at exeter phoenix have awarded me one of their digital media bursaries. over the next six months i'll be setting up a workshop space, producing loads of crazy interactive noise toys, running workshops and creating a performance and film for the two short nights festival in december. http://www.phoenixmedia.org.uk/bursaries.php
here is my version of the wonderful atari punk console, a version of forest mimmsIII dual oscillator noise maker. my mod gives a nice hot output and much more bass than the original, plus an extra bassness control. more xtras include momentary switch for pulsing the bleeps and body contacts for randomness, including using the whole enclosure as a BC! i've been knocking these out for UK£45 in custom cases with hicks stlye paint jobs. hook me up f you want one.
we're going to be launching Hahafresh, live at the Northbridge Inn, exeter, uk on fri 20th april. crazy improvised space nonsense plus the 1st ever hahafresh bring and buy sale, come bag yourself a noisemaker