Posts Tagged ‘Music Hackday’

Music Hack Day Aftermat

Monday, April 11th, 2011

Last month, HACMan held a music hack day – an opportunity for people to come along and have a go at soldering and electronics, with some music-related kits which we’d devised. This was the first event of this type which we’d organised, and got off to a slightly delayed start as we ironed out a few problems getting the kits ready. But we had a good turn-out and everyone was in good spirits.


Music Hackday

Monday, January 10th, 2011

The MadLab is alive with the sound of circuits!

Title: Music Hackday
Location: MadLab
Description: On the 5th of March, MadLab will be alive and aloud with a cacophony of musical hacking!
Date: 05-03-2011
Start Time: 10:00
End Time: 17:00
Booking: Free but limited!

This is the first in our programme of themed Hackdays, and we’ll like one and all to come down and participate.  The day will be finish off with a evening of Sharable Music, the best of CC tunes.The line up of incredible talent for Music Hackday include HACMan, the hardware hacking group at MadLab and Amanda from the University of Salford and audio collective Kinokophone.

Make Your Own Instruments

There’ll be instruments built by local music and electronics hackers and some robotic musicians. A variety of kits from HACman will be available including the Drawdio, Micro Stylophone and Theremino. Experts will be on hand to help build your creations.

  • The Drawdio is a musical pencil, which uses some basic analogue electronic components, your body’s internal resistance and the lead lines in the drawings you do to create music. (£7.50)
  • Remember the stylophone?  The piano-esque keyboard, with its very distinctive sound was incredibly popular in the 70s, and now we’re bringing it back, in a modern miniaturized form. (£7.50)
  • Theremins are cool!  Arduinos are also cool!  We have combined the two devices to create the Theremino, an arduino-compatible theremin.  The device will sound like a theremin but is re-programmable like an arduino. (£20)

Tonoscope Demonstration

Create beautiful symmetrical patterns with your voice!

What is a Tonoscope?
A tonoscope is an acoustic device that enables the human voice to excite beautiful patterns
on circular and polygon membrane
How does it work?
As one sings into the tonoscope the voice vibrates air at a frequency that may tune in to a modal frequency of the membrane. When the membrane vibrates at a given frequency some parts of it move and others don’t. The parts that stay still are called nodal points. You can see these nodal points if you cover the plate with granular sugar or salt. The beautiful patterns made visible  are known as Chladni patterns. Higher frequencies of vibration have higher numbers of nodal points and hence form more complex patterns. This technique has been used to create the best sounding guitars and violins

Amanda will be demonstrating a Tonoscope between 2:00 – 3:00pm.

Tickets are free, but limited.