Announcing my intention to do a Weekly DIY Music Thing…

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011 | Building Things, Electronics, Max/MSP, Weekly DIY Music Thing

Err yep, I’m going to post a new project that you can make at home, every week starting now. My last post about making Piezoelectric crystals at home seemed to be something of a hit getting featured both on and so I thought I’d give you more of what you like while building a sample library for my own compositions.

I thought of covering:

  • Contact microphones – construction and creative usage
  • Simple electronic music circuits – warm up your cmos chips
  • Prepared instruments
  • Max/MSP usage – Maybe some generative stuff?
  • Arduino
  • DIY music controllers
  • Studio techniques

If you have any ideas please comment here and I’ll try and cover them. Keep your ideas simple and doable in a 5 min video!

Next time you see the soldering iron logo there will be a tutorial under it.

Take care,


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5 Comments to Announcing my intention to do a Weekly DIY Music Thing…

August 23, 2011

That sounds like a great idea. I really look forward to following this.

What about making a tape loop in a cassette and using them in a frippertronics setup with walkmans?

Or a DIY reverb tank with actual water inside (hydrophone in a waterphone type thing :)

Do you think it would be possible to grow those Rochelle crystals inside a plant?

Just some ideas. Have fun

Leafcutter John
August 23, 2011

oh my, inside a plant – that’s an amazing idea!

Matt Jackson
August 24, 2011

I’d love to see a water reverb! It’s been a dream of mine for a long time! I thought instead that I would do water IRs for a convolution engine.

September 1, 2011

Would be great to see some circuit bending on toys etc..

September 8, 2011

No requests but just wanted to say I think this is an excellent idea & I look forward to reading your posts.

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