Acoustic Disc Siren
Based on the instruments created by Hermann von Helmholtz and Bart Hopkin, this siren uses holes in a spinning plexiglass disc to modulate an air stream into discrete tones on a scale. This prototype - made with plywood, pine, oak, and MDF - is held in the players lap with its morning-glory style horn facing forward, with the two plywood "wings" agcross each leg. The player blows into the mouthpiece of a vinyl tube and articulates the outlet through a radial slit on one side. Though not perfectly in tune, the 16 concentric circles of holes correspond with 16 notes across a major scale, starting on the tonic. Tuning and transposition of the scale is achieved by adjusting a knob directly below the motor, which controls the speed of the spinning disc. I have plans to develop a second console-style prototype with chromatic keys and a more reliable motor.
Combining the wind-up phonograph mechanism of vintage toys with the programmed rhythms of music boxes and metronomes.
USB Loop Controller Pedal
A very basic USB controller for manipulating live-looping software, with a hefty, portable contruction.
"Second Act" Budget Guitar Rehaul
An amateur refurbish job on a an infamous First-Act brand guitar with serendipitous success.
Hohner Melodia Refurbish
A basic cleaning of a 40's honer melodica, with carved wooden accessories.
Custom Texas Instruments Synthesizers
Buzz! Buzz! Wordzap! Spell "S-Y-N-T-H-E-S-I-S"!
Custom Casio Synthesizers
Every synth addiction starts with a small, but growing collection of Casio keyboards. Watch how they've mutated under my care.
Other Electronic Circuit Bent Nonsense
If it makes sound, it can make music. See the wonder and horror this seemingly innocuous aphorism can engender.
When the conspiracy of mind-controlling subliminal messages in music tightens its grasp, a mind-controlled musical instrument could be our only hope.