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Tute Chigamba: Sun 25th Jan. 2015

This meetup, we were joined by Frederic Roksam; a sound and an acoustic engineer who has experience of working in organisations such as IRCAM and Philips Consumer Electronics. 

One of the participants [ Adam ], playing an African made Mbira, specifically made by the craftsman in the video below. 

The simplicity of the tools being used to sculpt the instrument is astounding. The maker uses a piece of glass to sand the surface of the wood, shapes the steel by simply hammering it.

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One of the participants [ Thomas ] who works in a speaker design company.

One of the participants concept for a 9V powered, adjustable spring Reverb unit [ by Oscar: link 1 + link 2 ]

setup

Our setup that evening included a row of solenoids, mixer, piezo pre-amp circuits, frame, saw blades, piezo discs, laptop, and recorder.

other participants

Other participants enjoying the sounds of Mbira.

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Maker Faire: Sat 15th Nov. 2014

We recently had a lot of fun participating at the Elephant and Castle Mini Maker Faire. It was inspiring to meet so many creatives and makers, and to receive such great feedback. This is the summary of the event, with videos, photographs and some sounds!

frame

The Frame has somewhat always been a core project we’ve been developing for sometime. The objective was very simple; to be able to hear and listen to any ( or at least most ) physical objects. In the photographed contraption, any object hung in the frame can be heard via headphones. An enthusiastic listener can hang any object she/he likes to listen to.

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It is indeed simply built, and uses Piezo discs picked up from Maplins to transduce the sounds of the objects. As in the spirit of DIY and Hackspaces, we hung an old used circular Saw blade, and a rafter’s square – both of which sound absolutely sublime. It was great to witness people from all ages appreciate what otherwise could be dangerous, or just extremely boring ordinary objects.

It is unfortunate our sound recordings of the event were corrupted, below is the only recording that survived. Admirably, it is the sound of the relays and solenoids used in the glockenspiel photographed below, plus the ambient sounds of the Maker Faire!

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Introducing the Automatic Glockenspiel; a generous number of relays and solenoids; meticulously controlled instrument by the computer. A precise glockenspiel, which can achieve lightning fast play speeds, otherwise unachievable by the mere average human being. We’re no longer needed to play anything, let the machines rule! We’ve filmed this in previous posts if you want to have a look. More info. and possibly tutorials on how this works soon. We’re very excited to try this on other instruments as well 🙂

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It was amazing to participate in such an energetic event. The feedback we received was incredibly reinvigorating, and an essential source of energy for all of us to take into an exciting new year. This will help us take our projects and objectives to new heights.

We’re very thrilled to end this year on such a high note. Our next meetup will be on Sunday 25th January 2015 7pm at the London Hackspace. We’re looking forward to the new year, and the adventures that await us.

 

Best Wishes this Christmas.

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Sun 26th Oct. 2014

The sound of metal on metal, and clickety-clacks of springs on rods and relays – flawlessly automated. What more could one ask for?

Call for Works

We’re excited to be participating in the Elephant & Castle Mini Maker Faire 2014, taking place on Saturday 15th November at London College of Communication. If you would like to participate in the event, and bring a project to the table, let us know by dropping us an email.

We’re looking forward to have the automated Glockenspiel on display as well a frame contraption we’ve been extensively experimenting with and possibly other experiments 😉 Please visit this link for details and tickets – it’s free for students [ link ].

Maker Faire

 

Till then, Join us on the regular meetup times, so next one is on Sunday 30th November 2014 7pm at the London Hackspace. Note we have surplus items, let us know of your needs before you come to the space, and we’ll have it ready to do some hacking.

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