January 30, 2009

Tritone Rx Punk

Filed under: circuit bending — noam @ 1:09 am

This is an Atari Punk Console run through a circuit bent Danelectro Fab Echo as delay.

These simple synths are so much fun. I gave this one a very wide range, a three color blinking LED that changes color/brightness depending on the sound, and put it in a prescription bottle.

Here it is with my SK-1:

I’m gonna put this up on ebay if anyone is interested.

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January 26, 2009

Delia and the BBC

Filed under: other people's music — noam @ 9:27 pm

Here is a really interesting article from Sound on Sound about the early days of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop.  The Workshop housed many electronic music pioneers, including the lovely beat matching Delia Derbyshire (how’s that for an english name) seen above.

Especially well known for her realization of the theme and sound effects in the original Dr. Who, Delia Derbyshire was an amazing example of sonic curiosity leading to the innovation of new techniques.  Her contribution to the experimental, psychedelic band White Noise’s album “An Electric Storm” is certainly worth checking out, as well as her immensely forward looking album “Electrosonic”.


computermatic (from “Electrosonic”)

air (from a BBC Radiophonic compilation)

firebird (from “Electric Storm”)

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January 22, 2009

Day One

Filed under: photographs i wish i'd taken — ben @ 4:37 pm

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January 15, 2009


Filed under: photographs i wish i'd taken — ben @ 7:15 pm

US Air jet makes an emergency landing in the Hudson this afternoon after it struck a FLOCK OF GEESE, messing up two of its engine.

All 155 people are safe.

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January 10, 2009

More Yamaha

Filed under: circuit bending — noam @ 9:44 am

In addition to the data line cut, I’ve added 12 more traditional point to point bends.  These do a wide variety of modulations, variations, and crazy sonic garbling.

Yamaha was nice enough to number all the chips. Here are my notes on the point to point bends:

Thats from the inside of the keyboard.  The same colored points are connected together.

The data lines to cut are IC2, pins 10,11, 13-18.

With all 20 switches to play with you can have a lot of fun.

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January 7, 2009

Yamaha PSR-11 and Danelectro “FAB ECHO”

Filed under: circuit bending — noam @ 9:04 pm

Ben wanted me to bend him a keyboard to make weird sounds for him to use in new songs.  I had bent a PSR-11 before and he dug that, so he got me one of those to play with.  However, tired of the same old same old, I decided to try a new type of bend, a data line cut. Usually in circuit bending, you add a connection where there isn’t supposed to be one.  This kind of bend does the opposite, interrupting a connection that is usually there.

See, certain Yamahas have a FM chip that produces the sounds.  There are data lines that run from the main chip to the FM chip to tell it what to do.  You press “flute” and it sends it the code to produce a flute sound.  If you put a switch on these lines, you can cut the data transfer.  This can tweak out the preset sounds and rhythms or even blend multiple sounds.  Pretty cool. There are still some more “classic” bends I want to put in here, but these 8 switches are fairly infinite in their ability to confound the senses.

The 8 data line switches:

This came out awesome!! I will be cutting many data lines as soon as humanly possible.

The Danelectro Fab Echo is a really cheap slapback pedal.  I learned online that the chip inside is actually a fully functional delay chip, but Danelectro puts shackles on it to sell a low-grade pedal.  If you circumvent their obstacles, you can get a really great delay pedal for under $20!

It’s been a fun week.

Here’s the PSR-11 without the delay:

And some with both:

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January 4, 2009

This photo always makes me laugh

Filed under: uncategorized — noam @ 3:47 pm

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