Monday, June 14, 2010

8 bits of PainKiller

Finally finished. Just don't make me sit and watch it with you. My voice kept giving out.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

I really want to make this for my graduation

I've been waaaaaaaaaay behind on the blog, but i've got plans.
I want to make for my graduation and program the infamous art of Er the Mooninite for it. Also, trying to learn Supercollider. This's the PAINKILLER 8bit cover I've been working on. I'll try to record the result for the internets. that is all for now as there is much to be done.


Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Result: Digital Rain

I finally have a completed piece based on learnings of computers and electronics. I used a computer program that I co-wrote with a Hive76 member to generate a simple pattern of an abstractde water droplet rippple. I projected it through glass (and plastic) and onto a reflective surface which created patterns on it, the floor, the wall, and the glass. special thanks to Alithia Gorski, photo major extraordinaire, who was able to take these photos in a pinch when my primary photographer wasn't there. if she didn't help me, I doubt I would have been able to document this.

also, here is the code for the program for any/all i:ntereseted:

float x = 20;float y = 20;
void setup(){ size (600, 600); noStroke(); smooth();}
void draw_circles(float x, float y){ background (0); fill(255); ellipse(300, 300, x, y); if(y>100) { fill(0); ellipse(300, 300, x-100, y-100); } if(y>100) { fill(255); ellipse(300, 300, x-200, y-200); } if(y>300) { fill(0); ellipse(300, 300, x-300, y-300); }}
void draw(){
x+=2; y+=2; draw_circles(x, y); if(y>1000) { x=0; y=0; }}

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Confirmed: Baby10

So I can confirm that this works.
-The pins that go to CV out control voltage.
-The pulse out pins are like gate trigger.
-To have X steps in a sequence, connect to the next pin in the order of outputs. so for an 8 step sequence, connect it to PIN NUMBER nine
linx and resources here:
Upd^te: it seems the all "teh" parts for this project are available here:, courtesy of above Elby Designs.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Pulse Czech

In my quest to make a lo-fi synth percussion rig, I found out about, and now want to make this:

Also I learned that:

*In a circuit diagram, a single IC may appear in several times, but is identified by [an individual IC number] / [total number of that IC in a diagram]

*looking at where the leads go, there may be a number indicating which pin of that IC it is connected to

*Some circuits have a "+V", a "-V". and a Ground. DON'T PANIC!...This means (for batteries), one battery goes in with with the "+" lead going to "+V", a different battery battery goes in with with the "-" lead going to "-V", and the not-yet-connected batteries' terminals both go to ground.

*Just as some things require 2 different voltages, sometimes they need to have 2 different polarity

*If you are, say, building a pedal that is taking in +9V from a wall wort but needs +4.5V, and -4.5V, you will need to build a stage that splits the voltage and converts it from +9v to the two different ones.

Mostly this post is just affirmation that I'm still alive, but up to come is a re-entry into Processing, and trying to make art with large PCB board etchings. It's the most electrically inspired work I've reall done in a while.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Losing my Religion
this saturday
I try out an 8-bit REM cover

be there

Pic related

hung out with the geeks at the Hive last night. It's fun to listen to people talk about code, language, platforms, logic and programming and feeling totally lost in the discussion. One day I'll be in there talking about it with them, but for now I enjoy it aesthetically. Listening to English and being perfectly ignorant to the content. I'm finally getting the help I need... one member helped me begin breadboarding the diagram and when I finish work, I'm gonna fire it up and see what happens. Also, the source's blog is really cool.

Monday, March 8, 2010

More Instruction Than You Can Shake A BankStick At...

For anyone interested (and reading this) I would highly recommend joining me for Hive76's 5-session weekly course on electronics. It look's like it's gonna be really good, and unfathomably economical. Speaking of low-cost instruction, I was recently shown MIT's archive of college courses available on transcript and even lecture-long video! To me, this show's an already highly-regarded university's dedication to making knowledge accessible to anyone. So here's that good stuff. Finally, there's this little read someone sent me. it's an essay on the commonalities of hackers and... painters.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Boom chick

This is the Schematic for a DS7, a drum synthesizer module. basically, when you activate a trigger, it makes very basic noises- all analog. The Papareil Synth Labs page has some more info, but basically someone took apart the original commercial version, figured out how to rebuild it, then made the information public. I just got all the parts on Wednesday, and hopefully, with the help of the fine folks at Hive76, I'll be making noises in no time.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Sculpt Shire: laminate chair parts

Here are some pieces I glued up and laminated for a project. I thought they looked cool while they were being molded so I posted them.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Coming at you it SIXTEEN BITS

I bought a SEGA Genesis a few days ago for $5 and I've been in search of games for about a week. those who know me should also have figured out that it's not just for fun 'n games... The Genesis/MegaDrive console hosts an FM synthesizer chip called the YM2612 that has, for a while, been successfully hacked and used for music. Many have used flash cartridges...SEGA compatible blanks that can be loaded with new information via programming port... to store and play their files. But a cheaper and seemingly easier alternative has come to my attention. What's stopping me is a) the distances the hardware must travel b) haven't tested my Genesis yet. so We'll see.