Starting February 01, February Album Writing Month (FAWM) begins at the FAWM website. The organization encourages song writers to take the challenge and write 14 songs in 28 days. The group's site includes forums for songwriters to encourage each other, provide constructive critisicm and ask questions as well as a user profile for each participant where they can provide links to their new creations. The FAWM site also supplies song writing challenges once a week,(link to past song writing challenges) to help provide inspiration. New this year, they will be tweeting daily song writing ideas during the month long challenge as well. http://twitter.com/fawm. The challenge is open to all styles of music and composer skill levels. I plan on taking the challenge this year... I'll let you know how that goes ;)
The NYC Bent Festival has just announced the dates for their annual event this year. It will be held April 22 - 24th at The Tank in NYC. The festival will feature workshops on circuit bending and DIY electronics & synthesizers as well as showcase artists that create music using these things. Exact info on workshops and artists will be posted at a later date. I'll let you know when there is more info :)
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 :)