The DIY orchestra of the future – hemi speakers

In this TED Talk Ge Wang of Stanford geeks out about computer music (hooray!). He talks briefly about the hemispherical speakers used by the Stanford Laptop Orchestra. Their design (using an IKEA salad bowl) informed my hemi speaker experiments here.

I recently bought a 6-channel amplifier to upgrade the 3 2-channel amps I originally installed in the speaker. I’ll post about the new amp as soon as I drop it in.

Parkside Radicans Recordings

Here are live recordings from this spring’s Parkside performance with John Wiese, Steve Jansen and Brad Davis. This is from my buzzy, noisy Radicans project which uses small motors and soundbug transducers (audio speakers without cones) to transform ordinary objects in the performance space into speakers.

Spin/Wind/Up/Down

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Windowed Pulses

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Designing Sound: Science-Fiction – Max Patches

This is the seventh and last set of example Pd patches ported to Max from Andy Farnell’s Designing Sound book. It includes robot sounds, a transporter sound and an alert.

Download Sound Design Practical Series – Science-Fiction

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Designing Sound: Mayhem – Max Patches

This is the sixth set of example Pd patches ported to Max from Andy Farnell’s Designing Sound book. It includes guns, explosions and a rocket launcher simulation.

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No more clunky JBL EONs

My JBL EON G2 10s have served me well as a small PA or as monitor speakers, until they suddenly developed a nasty rattle. At first I thought I’d blown a woofer, but a quick inspection behind the grill showed everything was in order. Then I noticed that something inside each speaker was loose–it would make a disturbing clunk sound whenever I moved it. So I pulled the back off (so many screws…) and discovered the toroidal transformer was loose. I applied a dab of Loc-tite, tightened the bolt, and reassembled the speakers. Now they’re rattle free!

Thug Duo and Holland Hopson on Louisa Street

May31Free and easy on Louisa Street. This feels like the perfect way to start the summer: playing a house concert with Thug Duo (Simon Lott and Justin Peake) in New Orleans on Saturday. It’s an early show, so come on out and there will still be time to catch some food or music or both afterwards.

Saturday May 31 5:30pm
721 Louisa Street (btw Royal and Dauphine)
New Orleans LA
Thug Duo: Simon Lott & Justin Peake
Holland Hopson

Designing Sound: Lifeforms – Max Patches

This is the fifth set of example Pd patches ported to Max from Andy Farnell’s Designing Sound book. It includes some wonderful insect sounds along with sophisticated footsteps, bird and mammal calls.

Download Sound Design Practical Series – Lifeforms

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