• Casting expanded polystyrene

    I am currently designing a small desktop rotating speaker, it is basically a miniature version of a rotating polystyrene Leslie baffle that is found in the guts of a cheap 70’s electric organ. I will show some results of this soon but first I want to share an idea about how to DIY mould polystyrene.

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  • IRCAM

    IRCAM As part of a research project involving Boulez’s Anthèmes II I managed to visit IRCAM in Paris last week and got to see how they put together the piece. It is entirely in Max/MSP with a few ancillary programs. IRCAM is suprisingly minimal, just clear offices and studios with very little equipment in, it seems as if they mainly focus on software based music, which makes sense when you are purely thinking about musical concepts rather than the aesthetic design of instruments.

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  • New Website

    Shapeoko2 2014 nothing happened… Finally I am back, I have been occupied for a while. I decided to move the website away from wordpress as I was geting sick of the constant updates and moved to somthing a little bit more geeky. I am now using Jekyll a script that generates the website offline using markdown as the templating system. I hope to make the website a little cleaner and more about content. Thigs have advanced a lot since I last updated, I now have a fully working 3d printer (Prusa i2) and a CNC router (shapeoko 2) both aready not the latest model! This means I have much more capability to produce one off objects ( read synthesizer panels! ). Clacktronics is still homeless but by the end of the year (2015) I hope to have a fully functional shed workshop!

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  • Tottenham to Walthamstow

    clacktronics After 3 years in Tottenham Hale, I have now moved across the reservoirs to Walthamstow where I can now build a proper Workshop in a shed! Here is my old door sign that I made from PCB material.

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  • Cri "baby" Call

    Cri_Call_Tube_baby_monitor_front I found this at work, at first it looked like some kind of intercom but then I realised it is called a “Cri Call”. It is an old valve based baby monitor! What you do is screw the small box onto the wall in the babys room then trail a wire along your hallway to your living room to monitor the baby. Next test, put a guitar into it! it will definitely make a neat (tube!) practice amp.

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  • The 3D printed bandwagon

    Clacktronics Reprap Yes, I have also been swept up in the hype, after a few years of looking at them and wishing I could afford to make one I took the plunge as I worked out it could easily be done for around £350. It is mainly made from kit parts as it was almost the same price as sourcing the parts myself. I have some ideas for miniature leslie speakers and other such electro-mechanical gimmicks. watch this space!

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