Category Archives: Gadgets

[6.4.2011] 4th Annual Experimental Garage Sale

On  June 4th, 2011 is the 4th Annual Experimental Garage Sale! This craft fair  focuses on circuit bending and DIY musical instruments at the Experimental Sound Studio space with 12 sellers who will have plenty circuit bent devices, un-bent toys, electronic parts, kits, experimental instruments, contact microphones, guitar pedals, art, and more. The sale will begin rain or shine at 12:00 PM and last until 6:00 PM.

Here’s the  Facebook Event page.

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Meeblip: Open Source, Hackable Digital Hardware Synth

Meeblip

Check out this cool synth kit that’s meant to be poked prodded and programmed into whatever you wish. It’s designed by James Grahame of Reflex AudioRetro Thing, and Peter Kirn of Create Digital Music.

Here’s a demo of the kind of sounds you can make with this little hackable blippy instrument:
Meeblip bassline demo by cdm

From James:

Oscillator A & B slightly detuned, square wave on A and sawtooth on B. FM turned all the way up, distortion on. The filter resonance turned way up (hence the chirpy squeal) and the filter cutoff knob is initially open, then twiddled a bit to help the filter chirp. At the end, I just slowly turn the cutoff down. the VCF envelope modulation is mapped to MIDI velocity, which adds some sonic movement.

Take a lookGet one of your ownlearn how to make / use / modify it, and then join us in the MeeBlip group to share sounds, hacks, photos, videos, music, whatever.

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Moldover LIVE & Liz Revision this Saturday. FREE

Moldover chicago performance with Liz Revision at Risque cafe

Check out this free performance of Moldover at Risque this Saturday!

Known to 400,000 YouTube viewers as “The Godfather of Controllerism”, MOLDOVER has become the inspiration for a new generation of musicians interested in moving “beyond the decks.” Feb 18th, Chicago’s Ableton user group will feature Moldover for a special edition user group session.

Famous for building, hacking, and playing controllers with virtuosic skill, Moldover’s dynamic performances with his custom instruments are bringing new life into electronic music. Fusing hard rock with electronica, glitch edits, and frantic drum beats, Moldover’s signature style defies categorization. And with appearances on national television, coverage in major music publications, and countless live shows around the world, Moldover is in constant demand by people interested in this next evolution of music.

Moldover 9pm – 10pm ([SF] IDM / Glitch / Rock / Funk / OMG
Controllerism Pioneer | Octamasher Inventor | Youtube Nerdstar)
Liz Revision 8pm – 9pm ([CHI] IDM / Glitch / Techno / LOL
subVariant Recordings | Quantazelle | Fractalspin | CIEM)
Risqué. 3419 N. Clark (Sheffield & Clark, Wrigleyville, Chicago).
Hosted by Jona Neace
21+. Free.

$2 Stroh’s Cans


Ibiza Ride Black Leather Cuff & #000000 Tie (Black Tie)

Ibiza Ride Leather Cuff - Black

<< Ibiza Ride Leather Cuff – Black
This totally sexy and nerdy version of the original Ibiza Ride watch is totally futuristicly nerdy with a rock star edge. The staff here are fighting over these guys! It features a super wide black leather cuff with an innovative buckle system, and the same dial as it’s older brother, that oh-so-popular kid:  Ibiza Ride LED watch.

#000000 Tie (Black Tie)

>> #000000 Tie (Black Tie)
This will undoubtedly be your best bet for all black tie affairs. Printed with a large “#000000? –hexadecimal code for the color black, sure to make all graphic designers and web developers giggle.

Moldover's new CD / Theremin-toy

OK, I’ll admit CDs in general are pretty boring and kind of outdated now that broadband and MP3s are standard. However, Matt Moldover of Controllerism fame has definitely spiced up the concept of the CD with his latest release of original work that’s also a theremin-like toy (!) The track names are even embedded in the circuitboard. Mad hot. Get this thing! It’s available in 3 editions at $10, $25, and $50 in varying degrees of awesomeness.