Author Archives: amateurmusicology

Musical Circuits @ KNOBCON 2016

Experimental Music: Composition with an Arduino MIDI Controller Knobcon  Chicagoland, September 2016 With an Arduino, a breadboard, and a handful of parts, you can build a MIDI controller that works as a sequencer or a classic beatbox. But the same … Continue reading

Posted in Arduino, Circuits, CODE, Experimental Music, MIDI

Musical Circuits at UNC

Posted in Circuits, Experimental Music, Uncategorized, Workshops

Binary Beethoven: Coding a Musical Idea

The first four ominous notes of the Fifth Symphony are well known:  da-da-da-dum!   That musical idea seems so obvious now, but think just for a moment about how radical it was and is.  First, this is a symphony that doesn’t … Continue reading

Posted in Arduino, CODE

A Musical Stylus for the World’s Simplest Oscillator

“Rule #17: If it sounds good and doesn’t smoke, don’t worry if you don’t understand it.” ~ Nicholas Collins, Handmade Electronic Music: The Art of Hardware Hacking, Second Edition, Routledge, 2009, p. 144. Collins describes it as the “world’s simplest … Continue reading

Posted in Circuits, Uncategorized | Tagged

Arduino MIDI Circuits

“What really makes an instrument musical is that a musician decides to make use of it.”  ~  Allen Strange, Electronic Music: Systems, Techniques, and Controls (2nd Edition, 1983, p. 2). This post documents two circuits connecting an Arduino to electronic … Continue reading

Posted in Arduino, CODE, MIDI

Arduino and Midi for Beginners

This is a brief introduction to the Arduino, MIDI, and how the Arduino can be used to communicate musical messages. This guide is not a tutorial. This guide provides a quick, concise explanation of these technologies and links to some … Continue reading

Posted in Arduino, MIDI | Tagged

4.33 inches of white space

 

Posted in Uncategorized