Rotary Tangible Sequencer

This is a great project. Sticking magnets on to a baked-ban can allows you to program beats and arpeggios. I was thinking of making a rotary version of the BeatBearing at one point. Glad to see that something similar has been made! Blurb from youtube video below:

One empty baked bean tin, some lego and a stack of little magnets… stick magnets on the tin and slide them about to ‘program’ the sequencer, then grab hold of the ‘transport control’ and crank away…. The breadboard contains 5 hall-effect switches and a PIC16F688 to generate MIDI note on/off information. This is piped to Reason in the first half of the clip and to a Dave Smith Mopho synth in the second half.
I reckon with a baked bean tin about 16ft in diameter and about 25,000 magnets you could dump your sequencer software.. and you’d be getting some good aerobic exercise to boot :o)


BeatBearing on UTV

I had an interview on UTV last Thursday where I talked about the BeatBearing project and gave a brief demonstration. You can watch it above, or download it here:
Download small version – same as above (9MB)
Download full size version – (65MB)
There is also an online article.

Thanks to the UTV crew (shown above) for doing the interview – Sinead Johnson, Gary Mawhinney, Ashley Harris and Brian Newman. This was my first interview for television, and they did a great job of making it less nervewracking than I thought it may be!

Arduino controlled DAC (& 303)

Robin Price
, a colleague in the SARC PhD lab (and co-conspirator in making acid-house & improv) has started a new blog documenting his work. Currently the blog shows his work on making an Arduino-controlled DAC, allowing you to send smooth (non-PWM) voltages into your 303, x0x-box, or other voltage controlled synth. The video demo is shown above, and the blog can be found here: