On Sunday, December 20th, I went to the third Austin Handmade Workshop at the Salvage Vanguard Theater put on by the Church of the Friendly Ghost. We were originally scheduled to build a Nebulophone Synth designed by John Michael of Bleep Labs at this workshop. Due to the release of his new Thingamagoop 2 for Christmas, the Nebulophone project was postponed until January. Instead, we made a drum machine... a different version of the one we made previously in the first workshop.
Andromeda Space Rocker mk-4 is the official title of this new Eric Archer creation. This drum machine produces an analog bass kick with adjustable tuning & decay as well as a primitive loop sequencer. As with all of the Andromeda Space Rocker line it syncs up with the other models via infrared. The drum box also has a filter that is controlled by a photo cell. This is why you see footage in the videos of people waving flash lights at these things. ;-) The drum machine also has the option to be triggered externally instead of using the onboard sequencer. This can be done via a jumper on the circuit board.
One thing I also want to mention is that if you want to run your drum machine off of a midi clock, as I do, there is a MIDI-IR synch box available from www.woosteraudio.com.You can buy a completed box or if you like to solder you can buy the kit as well.
Aside from getting to make these cool kits in the presence of their creators: Eric Archer, Dann Green (4MS Pedals) and John Michael (Bleep Labs) the workshops are an excellent opportunity to meet other amazingly creative electronic musicians and artists.At this workshop Chris Palmer who was nice enough to show off his Monome controller in an Etch-A-Sketch case… yes it is as cool as it looks.I also got to see Shawn of Lustigovi perform some very interesting music with some bizarre homemade gadgets made with wood, bells, springs, rubberbands and contact microphones.So once again the Austin Handmade Music workshop delivers the goods: awesome new electronic instruments and insteresting people.
On November 15th, was the second Austin Handmade Music workshop at the Salvage Vanguard Theatre in Austin, which I attended and had a great time at. Sadly I must admit I was pretty busy in November so I didn't do a post on it. We made these incredibly cool autonomous bassline generators that were made to synch up with the drum machines we made in October. The bassline generator was designed by 4MS Pedals. You can buy the kits online so chek it yo.
Next is workshop #3 which I will be attending on Sunday and I promise I'll be more forth coming on the post for that one :) However in anticipation for workshop number #3 here is a short video that I made from footage I took of the last workshop.
If you're in the Austin area and interested in attending future workshops the info is: HERE
I wanted to officially announce the new look for The RedFaux Transmission. It's been up for a couple days, but now its official :) Special thanks to my husband Dan for the banner artwork and all of the CSS work he did.
Also, you can now get to this blog via redfaux.com instead of having to type in the whole blog address.
So back in the early 90's I was in a synth-pop band called "Fluorescent Echo". We were around for a little over 5 years and released a CD, a couple of videos and a 12" single. We got some pretty decent promotion for being an indie band before the almighty interwebz and most of our shows brought anywhere from 100 to 500 people everytime we played. Not superstar status by any means but for a local band pretty damn good :) However as with all good things, it did not last and we all went our merry way in 1995.
Our bass player, Greg, brilliant player by the way, ended up in Seattle playing with various bands and bartending. Me, I'm here in Austin as a sound designer and electronic musician, and John Kelly, now known as Forest Kelly, is a singer with the all vocal group FACE. Forest has an amazing voice and I have always felt we were lucky to have had him as a front man. His group FACE competes tonight on NBC's "The Sing Off", which is terribly exciting!
So here's my shout and good luck to FACE. Tune into NBC's "The Sing Off" (8pm/7pm) tonight :)
I will leave you with a FACE cover of Safety Dance with Forest on lead vocals :) GOOD LUCK GUYS!
It's that time of year where most people are scrambling to figure out the perfect gift to buy for everyone on their christmas list... well what about that geeky electronic music loving person on your list... what to get them? All you ever hear from them is bizarre talk about oscillators, circuit bending, drum machines and keyboards... holy crowballs what to get for them?
Well you're in luck ;-) I'm about to tell you. Here is my list of 10 cool and geeky electronic music things under $60 to get that electronic musician on your christmas list. There's only a few shopping days left if you are ordering online so here you go... just in time!
1. The Bliptronic 5000 LED Synthesizer ($49.99)
This item is extremely popular this year and I almost didn't mention it because everyone else has. However, for $50 this is a great synth toy that with a little effecting and perhaps even hacking could be a very useable part of an electronic musician's setup. Not to mention it has cool red lights... everyone likes red LEDS :) AtThinkGeek.com
2. Andromeda Space Rocker DIY Drum Machine Kit ($50)
Perfectly suitable for beginner DIY'ers this cool little drum machine kit is easy to make and fun to play with. See my previous post on these from October. AtEricArcher.net
3. Autonomous Bassline Generator Kit ($55)
This is also a suitable DIY synth kit for beginners. It is a bassline synthesizer that is part of the same line as the Andromeda Spacer Rocker Drum machine I listed above. You can synch this bassline synth with the drum machine to create cool music :) At 4MSPedals
Whether you just want to annoy people, add silly sounds on the fly to your performance or are looking for something interesting to circuit bend, the Sound Machine is perfect. Comes with 16 "cartoonish" sound effects. At urbanoutfitters.com
6. "Let's Get Keytarded" T-Shirt ($14)
Sometimes you just wanna let loose and "get Keytarded", this is what you wear when you do that ;-) Another perfect gift for the electronic musician in love with all things "retro". On Ebay
7. Retro Cassette Wallet ($43)
More retro cool than an 8-Track and not as heavy ;-) these handmade cassette wallets are super cool! At DesignBoom
8. 555 Noisemusick Kit ($20)
Another easy beginner DIY synth kit, this awesome little noisy synth will have you toying with it for hours. I know I want one :) At MakerShed.com
9. UCreate Music Toy ($30)
This mysteriously showed up on Amazon.com one day and I am intrigued. Its a sequencer toy basically. Which allows you to create your own beats and music. This would be perfect for someone who loves synth toys or a nice inexpensive gift for a beginner. At Amazon.com
10. Waveforms Mug ($15)
Any seasoned electronic musician has seen these waveforms plenty of times... and would love to proudly display them when drinking coffee!
Today I found a good addition to my Links and Resources page. It is the GetLoFi blog, which has loads and loads of information on circuit bending projects. I found them when I was searching for ways to modify an old Talkboy Deluxe I found at a thrift shop. I didn't find anything relevant to that but the blog is a good find none the less. Check it out :)