The Phaser Field Recorder Adapter

When you’re recording out in the real world, one of the hardest things to do is to keep your mics pointed the right direction to get stereo sound while not introducing noise through the otherwise-imperceptible bumps. What you want is a pair of ears that you can precisely and improvisationally place, either while holding it comfortably for hours or on a tripod.

This is the Phaser, which I designed for this function.

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plugdata: Drawing Sound

For about six months I’ve been working with the plugdata graphical audio programming project to help develop the language for not only my personal sonic experimentation, but also to come to understand it well enough that I can use it as a tool for all sorts of digital experimentation and exploration.

This video is a … do we call this kind of thing an “instrument”? It has its own opinions about what it should sound like from moment to moment… and yet, you can collaborate with it. It’s not intelligent, but it makes patterns that you can somehow understand.

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Restoring an ARP 2600 Synthesizer

I recently received a truly resplendent gift from my friend Kate: an ARP 2600 synthesizer, owned by their dad, who died recently. It’s in OK shape, but parts of it don’t work, and I’m doing some research to figure out when it was built and what has happened to it since!

And I’m going to get it back in working condition so I can make R2-D2 say whatever I want.

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3-Way Planar Potentiometer

I think that nonlinearity is critical in the study and practice of art; figuring out the relationship of one thing to another without falling on the prejudice of zero-sum duality. You can see that in Shock: and in The BLOODY-HANDED NAME of BRONZE as well as my music.

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The S16 Analog Music Network

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Look, I know what I’m doing.
Narrator: He didn’t know what he was doing

An analog communication protocol for safely, consensually receiving strangers’ modular synthesizer control voltage signals without a subsequent burning sensation when you oscillate.

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Brigand — the first Shrieky Little Machine

Science fiction works in any art form. You look at what exists, then compare it to what’s possible-and-explorable, and experiment with it! That’s why Shock: includes music in its mediography section.

So I’ve been messing with synthesizers a lot lately. I’ve been making some really interestingly shrieky sounds and wanted to share with you the Brigand, a granular synthesizer I built a few weeks ago.

I’m putting an EP together that will be available to my patrons, but I really want to show off the machine, itself and what it sounds like!

The only Solarpunk RPG I've ever seen.
Man, I’d LOVE to hear music from the Fifth World. Glass harmonicas, didgeridoos, 2 meter diameter drums made of sewer pipe that you have to travel to annually to play…