Diddley Bow Workshop, NIMHAF 2022

Northern Ireland Mental Health Arts Festival 2022 (GATHERING)

A how-to for making your own custom acoustic-tech ‘monochord’. Viewers are show how to select, combine and play materials. All tools are shown and techniques demonstrated. Various options to suit your very own build.

Barry’s approach is a akin to a recipe where he suggests potential ingredients, a step by step process (how & why), and even some serving suggestions.

Graham F – Halo

The latest TONEBURST release is available.

https://toneburst.bandcamp.com/

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Halo is a noir patchwork of generative soundmasses. Sonic elements rearrange themselves and unfold according to their own internal logic. Revealed are themes of alienation and anti-idealism.

Included is a DIY PCB of the EMF Pingler, a detector of invisible signals and ghosts. A noise device that picks up on its environment and makes sound when it is passed through electromagnetic fields (EMFs). The PCB itself features beautiful designs that make it a worthwhile trinket for those who may not want to solder.

As with all TB instrument and DIY PCB releases, if the EMF Pingler is used in your music-making please share the results with us. ‘Toneburst wishes to publish sound creations made by other makers.’
www.grahamfranz.com

released April 29, 2022

EMF PINGLER – DIY PCB

BJC – UM Versions FESTIVUS

The latest TONEBURST release is available.

There are a limited number of built instruments and PCBs for DIY.

https://toneburst.bandcamp.com/


The UM66 chip was designed to play popular monophonic
melodies: The chip used in this circuit plays several melodies.
The UM66 is used two times. They are not synchronised.
This DIY EMI has potentiometers to control voltage starve & volume as well as a switch to change the ‘bent’ character of the sound. It is possible to use headers sockets for the ICs to allow them to be swapped, enabling user control over the output.

This version was designed with a Winter celebration in mind, hence the name FESTIVUS as celebrated in regions of Europe and beyond. Nollaig na mBan! (little/women’s christmas Ireland) Trettondedag (13th day Sweden) día de los Reyes Magos (3 kings day Spain), also; Epiphany.

‘It’s the night the taxi drivers quiver in their boots’ Pauline – Cork

(Battery not included.)
These DIY EMIs require a 3v CR2032 battery for power.
The output is a mono mini jack (3.5mm).

BJC – UM Versions

The latest TONEBURST release is now available.

N.B.: Toneburst back catalogue has reduced prices for bandcamp friday (24 hours).

Each item is assembled by hand.
The mark of the maker can be found on the surface of the items, showing the efforts to manipulate materials and minimising waste.
For us, an imperfect artefact for sale is preferable to a usable flaw in the dump.

https://toneburst.bandcamp.com/

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This release consists of audio recordings made using circuits based on ICs (integrated circuits or ‘chips’) from the UM series. These DIY EMIs (electronic musical instruments) come from physical remixes, and are bent by design (thanks to Rob Hordijk). The demonstration schematics found in the official datasheets were built, bent, remixed, extended, multiplied and fabricated to facilitate play with a few parameters.

This release shows music composed on computer and expressed as hardware instead of recording. The circuit composition can be viewed as a form of score. The musical instrument voice is technological. The parameters available are limited. Complex frequency output can be made with both UM66 & UM3561 in spite of their obsolescence.

The UM3561 chip was designed to produce sound effects:
The chip used in this circuit produces an emergency siren type sound.
The UM3561 is used four times. They not synchronised.
This DIY EMI has potentiometers to control voltage starve & volume as well as an on/off switch and two touch-pads per IC so that skin contacting the PCB changes resistance and timing/frequency.

The UM66 chip was designed to play popular monophonic melodies:
The chip used in this circuit plays Für Elise.
The UM66 is used two times. They not synchronised.
This DIY EMI has potentiometers to control voltage starve & volume as well as a switch to change the ‘bent’ character of the sound.

These DIY EMIs require a 3v CR2032 battery for power. The output is a mono mini jack (3.5mm).
Play with rhythm, melody & noise.

Battery not included.

MAKE FILES:
UM66
github.com/bjc01/UM66
hackaday.io/project/175695-um66
UM3561
github.com/bjc01/UM3561
hackaday.io/project/175699-um3561

credits

releases February 5, 2021

license

all rights reserved

UM66 & UM3561

UM3561 github / hackaday

UM66 github / hackaday

A limited edition of these DIY EMI (electronic musical instruments) will be made available through Toneburst in the near future.

The instrument ideas were informed by Rob Hordijk‘s concept; ‘bent-by-design‘.

They are physical remixes of the datasheet serving suggestions.

The original schematic was quoted and transformed through playful iteration.

These versions may not be the last.

The edition of copies is limited.