Fun stuff: Digital Puppet Instrument – Played by opening its mouth

June 23, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Digital Puppet Instrument Is Played by Opening Its Mouth
http://www.diginfo.tv/v/12-0122-n-en.php

DigInfo TV – http://diginfo.tv

Keromin is played by opening the puppet’s mouth to vary the pitch. Rhythm and volume can also be controlled, using switches on the puppet’s arms.

Keromin runs on four AA batteries, and it can deliver an audio output. There’s a speaker built into Keromin’s belly, too.

“You can also vary the pitch with one puppet. If you flick the switch, you get a fixed sound when the mouth is open. So, you can set each puppet to make a different sound, and play them like hand-bells. Basically, there are two versions. The big one here is Keromin, and the little one with a speaker is called Kokeromin.”

Keromin is priced at 49,875 yen, or $620, and Kokeramin at 9,980 yen, or $125.

Can anyone make music on a synth – monkeys for example?

May 27, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Monkeys + Synthesizers is a project where 6 different spieces of monkeys (and some others) were given different synthesizers. Do monkeys like music and do they enjoy creating music?

Humans is the only species on earth that actually compose music. Most birds and some mammals make beautiful sounds, but primarily to scare others away — or to get laid. The project explores if other primates can make music.

In the 60s, the Chimpanzee Congo became famous when he painted abstract paintings that got pretty good reviews by art critics. He had a distinct style in some sort of abstract expressionistic tradition. He liked red a lot but didn’t he like blue. Today, some of his paintings are worth up to 20.000 €.

Since the synthesizers was invented, the musicians have been asked “Is this really making music? You just press a button and out comes music, right?” Well… you do press buttons, twist knobs and faders, but there are endless ways of doing this. That is why the synthesizer probably is the greatest musical instrument in history. A great example of human ingenuity and engineering — something that makes us different from the monkeys.
Dwarf Monkey (Callithrix pygmaea)
Habitat: The Upper Amazonas. Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, north Bolivia and west Brazil.
Length: 13 cm, tail 19 cm.
Weight: 120 — 150 g
Age: 5-10 years.
Diet: Tree gum, fruit, insects and spiders.
World’s smallest monkey
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Bleeptronic 5000 (Thinkgeek.com)
64 LED button matrix synthesizer.
Origin: USA
Weight: 400 g
Dimensions: 15 x 15 cm.
Production year: 2010

Lion tamarin (Leontopithecus rosalia rosalia)
Habitat: Close to river Sao Joao and in the Poco d´Anta nature reserve, south west of Rio de Janeiro.
Length: 34-40 cm, tail 26-38 cm
Weight: 630-710 g
Age: Up to 20 years
Diet: Fruit, flowers, insects, frogs, lizards and bird’s eggs.
One of world’s most rare monkeys.
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TR-909 (Roland Corporation)
Analog, partially sample based drum machine
Origin: Japan
Dimensions: 48 x 10 x 30 cm
Weight: 4500 g
Production year: 1984

Hamadryas Baboon (Papio Hamadryas)
Habitat: North east Africa and the Arabian Peninsula.
Length: Max 76 cm, tail max 61 cm
Weight: Female 10-13 kg, male 17-25 kg.
Age: Up to 35 years
Diet: Grass, roots, fruit, seeds, insects, lizards and sometimes small mammals
Their red ass make them look sexy and also serves as a pillow
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Casiotone CT-360 (Casio)
Incredibly crappy digital synthesizer
Origin: Japan
Dimensions: 59 x 24 x 9 cm
Weight: 4.2 kg
Production year: 1987

Ring Tailed Lemur (Lemur Catta)
Habitat: South west Madagaskar.
Length: 50 cm
Weight:
Age: 25-30 years
Diet: 70% fruit, 30% leafs
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Yamaha DX7 (Yamaha)
16 voice FM Digital Synthesizer
Origin: Japan
Dimensions: 101 x 10 x 33 cm
Weight: 14500 g
Production year: 1983
6 sine wave operators per voice, 32 Algorithms

Suricate (Suricata suricatta)
Habitat: Semi-deserts in southern Africa.
Length: 25 cm.
Weight: 900 g
Age: 10-15 years.
Diet: Insects, lizards, scorpions, small birds, eggs, rodents and other small mammals.
Suricates can survive bites from poisonous scorpions and snakes that would kill a human.
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Mirage EPS16 (Ensonic)
Sampler Workstation
Origin: USA
Dimensions: 102 x 11 x 31 cm
Weight: 13000 g
Production year: 1988
8 note polyphonic, 8 bit, 32 khz sample rate, analog filters

Two-toed Sloth (Choloepus hoffmanni)
Habitat: Central America from Nicaragua and south to Venezuela, north east Brazil and nothern Peru.
Length: 58-70 cm.
Weight: 4-12 kg.
Age: 12 years, (up to 30 years in zoo).
Diet: Leaves, sprouts and fruit.
Sloths have the lowest and most varied body temperature of all mammals. It varies between 24° and 33°.
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Yamaha SHS-10 (Yamaha)
Keytar FM synthesizer
Origin: Japan
Dimensions: 67 x 28 x 6 cm
Weight: 3.4 kg
Production year: 1987

Camera operators: Andreas Tilliander, Mats Almegård and Johan Östman. Concept by Håkan Lidbo.
Thanks to Bosse Johnsson and Jonas Wahlström at Skansenakvariet, Jörgen Berggren at Berggren Media, Jon Nensén and Daniel Sällstedt.

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Fun stuff: Bananaphone TouchSynth

May 18, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Playing the Bananaphone
Project details at: http://www.gadgetgangster.com

I was recently inspired by a Kickstart project which used Bananas as sensors to control a video game on a PC.  I’ve done some video game controls using the Propeller in the past, but I thought this would make an interesting synthesizer project.

Parts List:

  • Your favorite Propeller board.  (I used a Quickstart board w/Terminal Module)
  • A couple packs of alligator jumper wires. (Radio Shack)
  • Nine Bananas (8 notes & 1 to snack on)
  • A 220ohm resistor (Radio Shack)
  • An amplified speaker w/connector
  • The spin source archive

Step sequencer: Making music with a Chess Board

April 19, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Background data:

A step matrix sequencer created by a chess board. I have given a lot of thought to the user interface to make as much nuances as possible out of the 8×8 pattern, with a few intuitive knobs.

www.tinkartank.com

Synosonics drum machine by Mattel

February 7, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

“I just got this drum machine made by Mattel (yes, the company that made Barbie”
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Fun stuff: Family playing Depeche Mode :-)

January 30, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Dicken Schrader: 80′s keyboard, xylophone, kazoo, tambourine, Coke bottle and voice.
Milah Schrader: Recorder, rattle, windchime and voice.
Korben Schrader: Toy keyboard, maraca, cheese grater and voice.
Music and lyrics by Martin L. Gore (Depeche Mode)

And here’s another one:

Enjoy

Hitler learns about Bitwig Studio

January 14, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

To Ableton with love I guess hehe

Hitler learn about bitwig studio – info on the new DAW we reported on yesterday:

Bitwig Studio is a multi-platform music-creation system for production, performance and DJing, with a focus on flexible editing tools and a super-fast workflow.

More info here >>

Retro: Panasonic SG-123 Do-Re-Mi Portable Turntable & Mini Organ

January 8, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

“Cool vintage portable, ruining “Sleepwalk” by Santo & Johnny. Laughter/background vocals by the kids.”

This apparently emerged in 1977: Simply great! Listen to your own favourites and play to them. A masterpiece of a time where mothers were happy and children were creative!

Via WTE

 

Awesome – Dex Fontaine and the Drum Machine Shirt

January 3, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Wearable DJ Quality Drum Machine Thumps out Sweet Digital Rhythms

This fully-playable t-shirt based drum machine lets you make complex beats with ease while strolling down the boulevards of funky-town. Not only do you get 9 different drum kits at your disposal, you can create your own drum loops just like a professional drum machine. Simply tap the drum pads on the front of the shirt to create a rhythm. Once your loop is created, layer additional beats on top to build up a complex rhythm. You can make loops up to 3 minutes long and you’ve got unlimited tracks to play with.

The ThinkGeek GeekLab™ boffins have done their best to cram as much amazing musical functionality into one shirt than ever before. With a little practice you can make amazing dynamic beats that evolve as you add layers of sound. Watch the video below to see exactly what we mean.

Product Features

  • Real Working Wearable Drum Machine & Looper
  • 9 Different Drum Kits with 7 professional grade drum sounds each
    • ROCK DRUMS
    • RETRO 808
    • DISCOTEK
    • TECHNO PUNK
    • CLASSIC JAZZ
    • BASS INVADERZ
    • CHIPTUNE
    • ZAPF DINGBEATS
    • SCRATCHY
  • Records and Loops Your Rhythms
  • Record loops up to 3 minutes in length
  • Create a loop, then build and layer beats on top with unlimited tracks
  • Amazing 7-voices (you can actually hit all 7 drum pads at once)
  • Mix and match sounds from the different built-in drum kits in one loop
  • Working mini amp clips on your belt and goes to 11
  • Built-in analog audio output jack
  • Exclusive product invented and designed by ThinkGeek (Patent Pending)
  • Fully washable. Electronics and drum pads easily remove from shirt.
  • Requires 4 x AA Batteries (not included)

Pugs Luv Beats: Music Game

December 10, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

The touching, terrifying, and turbulent story behind Pugs Luv Beats, the brand new music game for iPhone and iPad from Lucky Frame! Find out more at http://www.luckyframe.co.uk/pugsluvbeats

Have fun….I guess

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