• Colours, Speakers and Pulses

    Shapeoko2 This is a story about what I currently do, I have moved a little bit away from synthesizers but still make audio electronics for artist Haroon Mirza and sometimes other artists. The approach to making artworks are different to designing audio devices, as usually components and circuits are one-off designs or modified items which are usually used against their original intention. The reason I decided to write about this was to document how the system works for this particular work as it is using new technologies that are getting easier to prototype with. I am really impressed with this new microcontroller implementation of Python programming language called Micro Python.

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  • Wanted - 'Tympani' or 'lo Tom' info

    Clacktronics is trying to improve the Analogue drum lab and I am looking for information about them. This could be in schematic in repair manual form ( might possibly be none existent ) or perhaps you own a unit? Even if it is broken I am interested, I will repair if for free! Otherwise I am even interested if all you can provide is photograph of the PCB top and bottom. This is also a notice that lots of new information will be uploaded soon to the drum lab!

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  • 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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