I have built a few of these in the past, and after reading of the death of Michael Waisvisz last week, I decided to use my last 709 to build this:
Due to the woofer in a ported enclosure with a tweeter, this thing is way more efficient(louder) than most crackleboxes with a small speaker. There is a significant amount more bass as well.
I installed a line out, for stadium use.
It runs on two 9 volt batteries(in parallel, so they last longer).
The contact points are pennies.
welp, here they be!
Got five new ones cranked out!
or, for dumd a$$es like me that drag,copy,paste…
made up a commonsound noise swash from scratch – built a 386amp w/ a real nice deep speaker
did the lfo add on – added some extra pots for impendence issues – really weird weird instrument – i recommend making one! www.notbreathing.com/noiseswashdemo.mp3 www.notbreathing.com/swashland1.mp3 www.notbreathing.com/swashland2.mp3 these we’re recorded using the ‘line out’ – the speaker actually sounds allot better and the imp issues are crazy
It belongs to Muff Wiggler!
MIDIFY, the smallest MIDI-parallel interface ever made.
Small enough to go inside a Nintendo DS or Game Boy Advance–
allowing the truly crazed to control the game machine with a PC or MIDI sequencer……
He even made a gigantic polysynth with just intonation and a deviant keyboard:
And he also made this…..thing:
DIYers, the gauntlet is down……
…than Dave Wright.
If there was ever someone deserving of the title “evil genius of electronic music”,
Dave wins the big shiny trophy. Most of his DIY stuff is made out of literal junk.
This thingie i made is called a MinceFinkx. the meter tells you how screwed up you are that you bought this as you use it. Why did i make it? because, grandpa needed to hear me talk to him as he is hard of hearing. but first, i had to probe his brain with direct screeches and train wrecks.
to hear this thingie, the MinceFinkx, go hear: http://www.buzz-r-electronics.com/Exotic%20Electronics_files/mccain.mp3
to see more thingies, go hear: www.buzz-r-electronics.com ta da?
There’s at least one inexpensive kit for experimenting:
Critter and Guitari Cellular Automata Synth
And people do stuff like this:
Angelo Fraietta offers some CV-MIDI-CV conversion modules for sale.
They are reprogrammable, and can even operate wirelessly via Bluetooth. Excellent!
And what really gets me is this line:
“This project has been assisted by the Commonwealth Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body” … You’ll never see the US government supporting work like this.
Also appeared 2 years ago on CDM and Matrix…..
Anyone know more?
Although I need to note that Jim Plamondon, the inventor and promoter thereof, hasn’t had much luck finding investors willing to bankroll mass production. And it is a shame. A simple version of it would not be very costly to manufacture.
He has been very, very aggressive about promoting his idea. For example: Valleywag, Wall Street Journal, Wired, Engadget, Coolest-Gadgets, and a TV station in Austin TX.
Didn’t anyone tell Mr. Plamondon, a former Microsoft marketing dude, how difficult it is to sell a new kind of musical instrument to musicians? If I were offering advice, I’d tell him to start small. Manufacture a boutique version, get some user feedback. Build the business up slowly, because, trust me, it is the only way.
This IS NOT a mass market. It IS NOT like selling a videogame gadget. Musicians are conservative and spend irrational amounts of time practicing on their existing instruments. Popularizing a new instrument is like invading Russia. Look at Adolphe Sax — he battled other instrument makers in court over patents, and his saxophone did not become popular until well after his death.
Judging from the Wall Street Journal article, which ran six months ago, this is probably a dead issue by now:
“Taking stock of his savings, he says he has about six months left before he’ll have to find a full-time job. At that point the Thummer will be relegated to an evenings-and-weekends enterprise, he says, “and that’s the death of a start-up.””