DIY Electronic Musical Instruments – MAKE files

My collection of project files and guides to build more DIY electronic musical instruments that I designed over my research/practice are now available on GITHUB and HACKADAY.

New instruments:

Nano Perc v1 (percussive sounds from an arduino nano)

D&D Teensy (pocket sized Drone & Drama from a Teensy 3.2 / 4.0)

Squeal & Scrape (9v amp & contact microphone for workshops)

BJC – Boxes & Blocks

The latest TONEBURST release is now available.

https://toneburst.bandcamp.com/

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Companion Boxes and Companion Blocks are circuit bent DIY electronic musical instruments. They are the product of practicing hardware remixing. In this exercise; circuits designed to process signals have been transformed into signal generators.

The sounds they make depend on the circuit that is used. The devices made and used on this recording are based on multi-effects processors by the Zoom company.

Companion Boxes are enclosed in VHS cassette tape boxes. Each uses feedback as their core method of sound generation. Some have extra points of interest made available to increase the tonal variety available to the performer.

Companion Blocks are enclosed in hollowed out wood (salvaged 2×6 timber offcuts) with a plastic control surface. Blocks also use feedback to create sound. All blocks have points of interest added to the surface for creating more tones. Blocks also contain an amplifier and speaker and can be powered by 9v battery, making them portable.

Each of the studies presented here demonstrate the range of tones and textures that can be created by the instruments. All sounds are created by the Boxes & Blocks. Effects were avoided*. The only studio manipulation of the direct-to-disk audio recordings was to adjust volumes and movement in the stereo field.

The aim is to encourage others to create their own hardware remixes, circuit bent instruments and feedback systems. A guide has been produced to assist other makers.

Toneburst wishes to publish sound creations made by other makers.

*Traces of copycat echo appear on track A1 – Industrial Chemistry Newton

released July 31, 2020 

Drone & Drama v2 – DIY files

The files to build your own Drone & Drama v2 instrument are available online.

GITHUB

HACKADAY

Files include: schematics, bill of materials, gerbers, build guide.

There are four modules: sine/triangle generator / noise siren / filter / mixer.

It was inspired by  simple synth DIY + the idea “bent by design”.

Sound examples can be heard through Toneburst.

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Squeal & Scrape @ Framewerk 261019

The participants will build two items:
• a piezo transducer (contact mic)
• a small amplifier powered by 9v battery.
The sound produced is not clean; it’s dirty.
The circuit is not complex.

This workshop is suitable for beginners, with no previous electronic circuit making experience.Squeal &amp; Scrape Framewerk 261019

FB event page.

booking  email – barryjoecullen@gmail.com

Location – Framewerk gallery & framing service.

When – Saturday 26th October 2019. 13:00-17:00.

Cost – £10