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Showing posts with label mechanical. Show all posts
Showing posts with label mechanical. Show all posts

Sunday, November 13, 2022

OASIS - Semi-mechanical Instrument by Love Hultén

video upload by Love Hultén

"Semi-mechanical instrument inspired by old music boxes and self-playing pianolas. In collaboration with Andreas Wannerstedt"

Friday, November 11, 2022

Playing A Car With A Theremin - THE THEREMINI -

video upload by

Wednesday, September 21, 2022


video upload by LOOK MUM NO COMPUTER

"In this weeks episode of JunkRockTV i go round Amsterdam, and made a drum machine from clogs.
JunkRockTV was a passion project @Youth Hymns Dirty Films and I did a few years ago and we are very pleased to finally show you it!"

Thursday, July 21, 2022

Vu Perc Relay

video upload by ggijs

VU Perc Relay

Percussion with a VU meter and a relay for eurorack

via the user manual


The vu-perc-relay is a drum sound module for eurorack that uses a vu meter to hit something (in this case a copper strip and a LED leg) that is connected to a piezo element.
And a relay is triggered and amplified via another piezo element.

Stripped tubing from a electrical wire is put over the tip of the vu meters hitter, this prevents the vu meter from making direct contact with the spring.
If the hitter makes direct contact with the spinge there will be a large click, because its sort of short circuiting a bit.
So make sure the hitter is hitting the spring in the correct position.

There is a trimmer potmeter that you can use to set the center position for the vu meter,
the vu meter moves left and right to hit the different metal parts.

There is a small trimmer on the board that holds the relay and the vu meter, this can be used to croos fade between the vu meter and the relay,
it does not really cross fade the volume that much, it will just make one less dominant in how sharp it sounds.

Friday, June 03, 2022

NAMM 2022 Physical Synthesis Controllers

video upload by sonicstate

Afrorack added a midi port to a printer (In honour of Dave Smith)

video upload by Afrorack

"Dave Smith is referred to as the 'Father of MIDI'. Of course many of you already knew him as the founder of Sequential circuits and maker of the Prophet 5 synth.
My album-"

Thursday, March 24, 2022

BEATS BY OMEGA | Vintage Stopwatch as Modular Synthesizer Clock

video upload by SOCKET ONE

"Experimental Sound Art

Random Source Serge Eurorack - VCFQ, VCFS, DUSG, SSG, WM
Make Noise - Maths
Abstract Data - Logic Boss
Expert Sleeper - ES-8

Google Pixel 5A

#OMEGA #Eurorack #MakeNoise #Serge #RandomSource"

Monday, March 07, 2022

Just put piezo on everythings

video upload by Meska

"quick exemple of how you can use piezo on everythings for interesting sound design. ;)"

Thank you fwor watching.
My name is Meska of the statik collective . I've been making mostly 'dark and expérimental' music for more than ten years now, i'v learn so much online, now it's time for me to share my knoledge, my exploration and this channel is a place to talk about the tools, sound design and techniques to make music with.
i'm tattooist at day jobs and you can found my work here :

You can stream my albums and EPs at

If you'd like to support the channel​ consider buying music from bandcamp ;)"

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Airplane Guidance System Goes Low

video upload by HAINBACH

"Maybe the oddest thing I ever made music with? The 1960s Bauknecht Tuning Fork Modulator STG 102 was used in instrument landing systems for airplanes and air traffic control. It is an electro-mechanical oscillator, which is both beautiful and very limited. But limits are great for creativity."

Monday, September 13, 2021

Unboxing a Shruti Box from Maharaja Musicals (& my first time playing it!)

video upload by

"Today I unbox a Shruti Box from Maharaja Musicals and then attempt to play it for the first time. This is an Eastern drone instrument often associated with the traditional music of India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh.

Intro @ 0:00
Unboxing @ 0:29
Overview @ 1:12
How it Works @ 3:25
First Playing Attempt @ 4:50
Summary @ 5:41

You can buy this model on Amazon"

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Landscape Soundwich: What Is It?

video upload by poorness studios

"This is a cool little gadget from Landscape called The Soundwich. I was always curious how it worked, so I bought one just to figure it out. I try to explain what it is and what it does. Hopefully this video is helpful to somebody.

Intro @ 0:00
Overview & Explanation @ 0:57
Using the Internal Sounds @ 2:56
Using as a Microphone @ 4:07
Signal Processing @ 5:02
Sound Clips @ 6:00
Conclusion @ 7:20"

Pics & aditional details via Signal Sounds Reverb

"Soundwich is a device based on the sound of tact switches, hardware and PCB material. In part it’s a compact and sturdy form factor for interaction with piezo experimentation. The piezo disks are directly mounted to the undersides of the top and bottom PCBs creating a direct connection to the sounds of the tact switches. The two 3.5mm jacks can be used as either ins or outs. One is a momentary out and one is always on. The momentary output allows you to hear only the depressed click sound of the tact switches while the always on output allows you to hear both the depress and release of the tact switches amplified by the two piezos. When you shake the Soundwich you will hear the sound of six washers sliding along machine screws and colliding against the two piezo pickups. Using momentary out while shaking will only allow that sound to escape when disks are compressed. Compressing along the edges will provide different filtering amounts depending on where you press [the 7 stacked lines indicate greatest amount of filtering/attenuation with less and less filtering as your travel counterclockwise till there is nearly zero]. Routing audio or CV through provides a fast and tactile handheld momentary on device.

1 a simple passive piezo, tact switch and hardware based sound device which can expel audio or accept it

2 a piezo pickup with a constant output

3 a piezo pickup with a momentary output when disks are depressed in center point

4 a piezo pickup with momentary out through 8 different filter amounts when depressing disks along edges (volume is also attenuated)

5 an exciter for resonators and effects

6 a shaker using internal washers to strike the top and bottom piezos

7 a shaker with momentary out through 8 different RC filter amounts

8 a lo-fi vocal mic when pressed directly against the lips (and/or momentary on when using momentary jack)

9 a very quiet lo-fi speaker

10 a tactile momentary on switch when routing audio through it (in one direction)

11 a momentary on w/ lowpass filtering and volume attenuation when routing audio through (the reverse direction)

12 a momentary on plus attenuation of modular signal when routing through the RC filter

13 a shaker and clicky trigger source for some modular synthesizer modules without needing an extra boost to modular levels

14 When boosted to modular levels, clicks and/or shakes can be used to advance a sequencer for example

15 When placed on a hard surface each side can create different rhythm sounds when tapped

16 Other definitions"

Friday, July 02, 2021

Seventy Two | Gradient Instruments Sputter | Happy Birthday Todd Barton!

video upload by Todd Barton

"Woohoo! I'm turning 72 today. I actually love getting older: richer in friends, family, musics and listenings . . ."

video upload by Todd Barton

"Awesome new instrument from the infinitely creative & curious minds of Ryan Gaston and Sarah Belle Reid! Loving this instrument.
More info at
Also checkout Sarah's Patreon at"

Sunday, May 09, 2021

Making A Synthesiser Sequencer Out Of RELAYS


"Building a Relay Based Step Sequencer"

Thursday, April 01, 2021

The surprising musicality of vintage German knobs

video by HAINBACH

"In which I play my the four knobs of two vintage Wandel und Goltermann Hoch/Tiefpassfilters. These heavy units not only sound amazing in their actual use, but their dials ring in discrete pitches. No modern synthesizer, modular or regular, can compare to the chunky sound these knobs create."

That's some mechanical music right there.

Sunday, March 28, 2021

Captain Credible Interactive Micro:bit orchestra LIVE SHOW

video by Captain Credible

"WHORT!? Come and join the interactive live concert!?! I will bring lots of crazy musical instruments !!? And also use the great big robot installation at the Museum of Science and Technology and play some sick tunes!!!?

You!!!! can program some dope rhythms using the online sequencers for the easter bunnies and for the kitchen appliances using these web pages:

The best sequence of the day wins an easteregg


Saturday, March 27, 2021

Synthesizer CV to X-Y Recorder Visual Art

video by MrCaliforniaD

"In this video, a 2 channel MIDI to CV converter is controlling a X-Y Recorder.

This technique is pretty straight forward. The X-Y Recorder is listening to voltages signals on its two X-Y axis. The voltages are taken straight out of the MIDI to CV converter's two channels.

I used a 2 track song. One melody moves the X axis on the plotter and the other melody moves the Y axis. The pen is drawing the resulting mix of theses to axis interfering with each other.

Special thanks to RAMCUR for his help and support in that project!"

Monday, March 08, 2021

Internet Jamming System for Robots!

video by Captain Credible

"thumpBit samplepack available for patrons on Patreon​

Thanks to my vast intellect and also the loving support from patons and subscribers, I have achieved the development of this pinnacle of human technology: The internet jamming system for micro:bit orchestra. Basically it lets people sit at home in isolation and click a sick beat into a step sequencer on a web page. That sick beat is subsequently yeeted through the intertubes before it ends up being slammed out by an army of adorable tiny robotic rabbits of death. aww yiss!

here's the p5.js code so you can see how I made the web sequencer.

Here is the code that runs on the micro:bit

ESP8266 code is on patreon available for non-patrons"

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Gieskes Starving binary + Vu-Perc

video by ggijs

0:00​​ Starving binary trigger's vu perc's, in the second part the square wave output form the Doepfer LFO goes into the cv input of the Starving binary.

1:00​​ A more complicated patch where I control the whole sequence with the offset of the CV input of the Starving binary. The CV input of the Starving binary is connected to one of its own outputs.

Gieskes VCOFan

video by ggijs

0:00​ VCOFan audio out to VCOFan volume CV input, and then Doepfer LFO to VCOFan volume CV input of the first VCOFan.
0:00​ VCOFan audio out to VCOFan volume CV input,
1:28​ Doepfer LFO to Starving Binary clock in, Starving Binary outputs to VCOFan volume and pitch CV inputs.
2:28​ Phone light to VCOFan module (it clips of the excess volume created by the phone light)

Sunday, January 17, 2021

::vtol:: phason

::vtol:: phason from ::vtol:: on Vimeo.

"Phason – an audio object using rotating, perforated discs to create cyclical triggers (sequencer). The light passing from the console panel through fibre-optic light guides serves as the controlling agent. Light passing through the perforation hits the photo sensors, triggering the synthesizer. The object may be used as an instrument or an autonomous sound machine. To interact with it, can be use the built-in flashlight on flexible holder or any other small light sources (for example, flashlight on a phone).

The idea of the object is predicated to a large extent on Soviet experiments with optical sound, and also the automatic music boxes and caskets at the turn of the 19th-20th centuries, when disks were frequently used to encode sound and rhythms."

- axoloti core
- dc-motor
- optical fibers
- LEDs
- LDRs
- 2 channel sound system


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