SUBFUSC – Billy Tutu

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<kat no.15>

The ambience in the groove and the groove in ambience. Use of rhythm and sound; acoustic, synthesised, natural, found, lost, open and closed.

A collection of tracks written, performed and recorded in Belfast over 2020. A lockdown milieu.

credits

releases February 5, 2021

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BJC – UM Versions

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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.

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<kat no. 14>

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

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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.

bjc – D&Dv2_Studies_v2

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Studies_v2 cover

<kat no. 4>

Studio improvisations
Cassette & drama instrument

Release 26 October 2019

The recordings are stereo. From instrument to mixer to hard drive. From hard drive to tape.
Each of the tracks were made using the Drone & Drama v2 + v1.5 instruments, Companion Boxes and DIY modular synth.
The recordings are selected from a pool of multi-track recordings made over the course of one working month. Each day improvised recordings were made adding layers until satisfactory results were created. These studio improvisations of around fifteen minutes were recorded according to the following guide to how to use the instrument.
Drone to drama & back again.
Drama to drone & back again.
After capturing the recordings two of the representations were selected for release. The recordings should be played back and played along with the drama instrument.

The instrument requires a 9 volt DC power source (2.1mm tip negative). This is not supplied in the box set.

The listener / audience ‘finishes’ a composition by giving it attention. Listening is a form of composition; deciding, discriminating. The inclusion of an instrument with this recording offers the audience another type of participation. This is to make available and explicit the active role people can have when deciding to spend time on music activities. The combination of media and artefacts draw attention to the lines between digital and online culture.

Contribute to the composition. Complete the work.

released October 26, 2019