Saturday, June 4, 2011

A New instrument...

The Electric Meerkat!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Thursday, May 19, 2011

some new modules for documentation purposes

voltage doubler and h-bridge amplifier

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

this keyboard runs from A through C

its buttons are molded from 14mm glassmarbles

A closer look

with the lid off. Notice the carving on the underneath side of the top plate

jericho is holding monty's toes warm

monty has a cold.

all theyhave doneall day today

is sleep. while I write my dissertation.

Monday, May 9, 2011

keyboard, drying.

notice the bumpy parts on the bottom... molded from marbles.

i liked the feeling of small,smooth round things on my fingertips

so I cast marbles in resin to copy their surface

the kitties

in sunlight

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Friday, March 11, 2011

a rapid prototyping experiment...

fit 32 tiny. knobs into portable, protected case

not glorious, but...

...I have to volunteer some hours @ WMBR, so I'm sweeping the record library.....

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Free Speakers! 135 lbs worth!

all I have to do is pay the shipping back home, then I can build some seriously loud Electric Eels!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

L'm giving a guest lecture here today on electric eels!

(the instruments, not the deadly aquatic creatures!)

Monday, February 28, 2011

Union Station in Los Angeles!!!

so *classy*!

and it's so beautiful and warm here!

looks legit.

but yeah I gotta say that burrito was mighty fine

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Monday, February 21, 2011

Cool mirrors in Boston Logan Airport!

I'm about to head to San Diego for http://nweamo.org ! for the Electric Eel Orchestra!!!

Finally!

A little demo video made minutes after I finished putting everything together!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Thank you for the encouragement and interest everyone!

here is another teaser pic.. I'm working hard this afternoon....

Thursday, February 17, 2011

after several hours of dremeling....

these knos and keys are mounted on the body!

This pile of parts.....

...is about to become an instrument!

Friday, February 11, 2011

inside my uncle's music generator

4 aaa batts, avr 8-bit micro, ptich and tempo knobs, three buttons, headphone jack

First one finished!

Today, I'm at a training seminar for Low-Power embedded AVR microcontrollers. This could lead to more efficient synthesizers for Electric Eels!!!

Awesome!

This training seminar showshow to reduce power by 97% using "Sleepwalking!" (tm)

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

waste wood

"Take that, Earth!"

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

the plot thickens.....

this is starting to come out pretty good.

but what is this mystery device?

in motion #3!

say goodbye to the magnets, they're about to be covered up by bumpy plates

get ready......

Monday, January 31, 2011

new "duckbill generator"

wait for it........

... in motion!

in motion 2

Sunday, January 30, 2011

cleaned up diagram

greatest common denominator synth patch (btw yes it's upside down.. wacky cell phone)

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

twang generator version2

somebody already dun run through this wicked garden!

cho-onck chonck a-chonck chocky chong chung ka-chung

centripetal generator

spin from wand small speaker on end of wire. built-in doppler effect.

basic synth architecture

4 Hot-Swappable Modules

Monday, January 24, 2011

detail of connection of electric eel synthesizer board

three most important connections: 1: Ground, 2: 3.3 Volt In, 3: Sound Out

electrical eel ukelele up close

keyboard from laser-cut strips of 1/64th inch birch, with musicbox switches underneath. six synthesizer knobs replace the tuningpegs

how much more efficient horns in exponential can be than conical.

through the horn, a small amount od efficiency at 50-75 Hz is exchanged for a large gain one-half octave higher.

example horns shapes

this horn roughly roughly similar to an unrolled tuba

ukelele modifiedfor electrical generator

notice the new keyboard

Saturday, January 22, 2011