I work as a sound designer for a video game development studio. Because of the nature of my job and the type of people I am lucky to work with, every day brings a new episode of cool audio geekiness. Yesterday's mini-adventure was that one of the guys on our audio team had ordered a pencil synth from Make Magazine online and had soldered it togethor the night before.
We got a demo as I poured myself a cup of morning coffee. Its a synthesizer, called Drawdio, affixed to a pencil that uses grpahite as a conductor. The longer your pencil stroke, the more the pitch changes. It sounds like a crazy modulating mosquito, but its pretty neat :) If you want to make your own mini-pencil synth you can order it here.
Also, yesterday I was pointed toward a new video game audio blog by Chuck Russom. He's a freelance audio guy in the industry who's worked on some well known titles: God of War 2, Call of Duty, etc... Chuck's blog covers field recording for game sound effects. It's a nicely put togethor blog and pretty interesting so I suggest you take a look. If you like that blog you'll also dig Field Sepulchra.
Oh yes and one last thing... I added Rekkerd.org to my links & resources page... it is a cool audio software blog. Not sure how I missed that one...at any rate its there now :)
- 'til next time...Over N Out