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DIY Isomorphic Keyboard

This is a velocity sensitive MIDI isomorphic keyboard. 192 total keys. The project came out of Louisville Soundbuilders, a fortnightly meeting of circuitbenders, synth engineers and experimental musicians. After seeing a couple of my failed variations of a single-bus isomorphic keyboard, Tim was intrigued enough to design one even better. He designed multiple PCBs that sandwich together with multiple switch types for velocity sensitive keypresses.

More development on the way! We’re working on molds/methods for making hexagonal keycaps. And I’m working on an Arduino-based controller as an alternative to the midibox controller Tim has working already.

Watch the progress at http://soundbuilders.lvl1.org

CMKT Circuitbending Workshop

CMKT Circuitbending Workshop, Friday March 11th, starting at 7pm.

We start by building a simple tool, a Bending Buddy, that will help everyone learn how to solder, drill plastic and mount components. This device will aide in their exploration of circuits. After that, we would have a broad overview of topics that would including basic pitch bends and types of potentiometers, several ways to wire an audio output, other types of bends (distortions, glitches), types of bendable toys, reading schematics, and working with ICs, breadboarding, and prototyping. People are encouraged to bring projects in-progress or any problem-projects to share/brainstorm. Students would come away with a circuit-bending tool, a basic understanding of circuit bending, and some ideas about how to further control their toys with external circuitry.

$20 for the class. The $20 covers the materials for the bending buddy, helpful circuit bending reference sheets, and the materials used in the instruction of the class. We will also have other kits and components for sale “a la carte”.

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The Apples in Stereo Benefit Concert

Circuitbending Workshop 11/15

Louisville Soundbuilders will be hosting a circuitbending workshop Monday 11/15 8pm at LVL1. It is FREE, but please bring something to circuit bend.

Circuitbending is the art of short-circuiting electronic devices to unleash their hidden potential as new instruments.

This is a hands-on circuitbending workshop hosted by Louisville Soundbuilders. Bring in a cheap audio toy and we will guide you through the art and practice of circuitbending. It is highly recommended that you bring something to circuitbend, as there is no substitute for actually doing it! But all are welcome regardless.

Bring:
-Cheap *battery powered* electronic toy(s)
-Phillips head screwdriver
-Extra batteries

Optional:
-Audio jacks (1/4″ or 1/8″)

We will provide all the rest: solder, soldering irons, wire, potentiometers, switches, tools, etc.

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Teletron Composition @ Louisville Soundbuilders

Video of the Teletron Demonstration. This was performed at the 1st meeting of Louisville Soundbuilders at LVL1.

Score by Robert Schneider (The Apples in stereo). Performed by Robert Beatty (Hair Police) and Robert Schneider, September 20, 2010, at LVL1 Hackerspace (Louisville, Kentucky), using two Moog MG-1 synthesizers with two Teletron mind-control interfaces. Conducted by LVL1 president Chris Cprek (Pax Titania, Nzambi).

From another angle:

Post demonstration Q & A:

Louisville Soundbuilders Meeting

This Monday Sept 20th we’re starting a Louisville Soundbuilder’s group that will be meeting every other Monday. We meet to talk shop about analog and digital synthesizers, circuit-bending, electronic noisemakers, computer music, etc. You are encouraged to bring equipment and show off some sounds. The focus is DIY and is a great resource for people that want to learn how to get started.

This first meeting will feature demonstrations from Robert Schneider of Apples in Stereo, Elephant 6, et al. He will be demonstrating his Teletron, a hacked Mindflex device for completely mind controlled synthesis experimentation. Some video here:

I will be demonstrating my homebuilt analog synthesizers, including exotic interfaces like the Klee sequencer (a bit shifted analog sequencer) and some experimentations in isomorphic keyboard design.

The meeting is at 8pm sharp, free to anyone who wants to attend, learn and contribute.
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