Author Archives: amateurmusicology

Let’s Get Small: Python for Microcontrollers

Let’s Get Small: Python for Microcontrollers Elliot Inman In the world of Big Data, some of the most prolific data generating devices are also the smallest – microcontrollers that gather data from sensors and pump out an always-on highspeed bitstream.  … Continue reading

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High Speed Computing for Poets

Natasha Goldowski: Science, Cybernetics, and High Speed Computing at Black Mountain College Elliot Inman Paper presented at the Black Mountain College ReViewing Conference 2019 held on the campus of UNC-Asheville. The success of any interdisciplinary curriculum often depends on a … Continue reading

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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