Author Archives: amateurmusicology

Deliberately Disorienting Design

Deliberately Disorienting Design:  Using the Scientifically Sound Principles of Experimental Psychology to Create a Confusing Musical Instrument Elliot Inman Pint of Science at Indendiary Brewing, Winston-Salem, NC May 22, 2019 As we strive to optimize every aspect of our lives, … Continue reading

Posted in Experimental Music

CircuitPython for DIY MIDI Microcontrollers

  CircuitPython for DIY MIDI Microcontrollers Moogfest 2019 Session 1:  11:30 AM – 1:00 PM | Friday, April 26, 2019 Session 2:  2:30 PM – 3:45 PM | Friday, April 26, 2019 For years, the Arduino, programmed in C, has … Continue reading

Posted in CircuitPython, MIDI, Moogfest, Workshops

Sums of Squares Breadboard Synth

  Sums of Squares Breadboard Synth 4:30 PM – 5:45 PM | Saturday, April 27, 2019 A single digital square wave produces a buzzy musical tone. A second slow square produces a slow-rolling LFO. A third fast square produces a … Continue reading

Posted in Circuits, Moogfest, Workshops

The Makerspace as 21st Century Bauhaus: A Black Mountain College in Every University

At the 10th Annual Black Mountain College ReVIEWING conference (September 2018), I moderated a panel with three innovative makerspace leaders — Adam Rogers (NCSU), David Romito (UNC), and Lauren Di Monte (U of Rochester).  We talked about how the modern … Continue reading

Posted in Abstraction / Distraction, Experimental Music, John Cage

Musical Circuits Goes to Moogfest 2018

From Digital Bits to Analog Waves:  Breadboarding an 8-bit Synth Using only digital logic and handful of wires and resistors, we will breadboard a circuit that creates complex analog sounds.  Theoretically speaking, we will wire an R2R (resistor to resistor) … Continue reading

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Four Four Time @ CDI

An interactive, collaborative constellation of four MIDI sequencers, each of which can play four notes in its own time with variable pitches, note lengths, and tempos. Participants can join in the real time creation of complex musical patterns working at … Continue reading

Posted in Arduino, Experimental Music, MIDI

Circuit Bending for Beginners

Because unmaking something is a great way to make something new. Circuit Bending for Beginners Unmake a musical keyboard and discover how plastic parts connect with electronic circuits to make music. See how the piano keyboard actually works, how a … Continue reading

Posted in Circuit Bending, Circuits, Workshops