Modded Voice Looping toy

A friend got this fun voice looping toy from the souvenir shop at MoMA that lets you record 3 second long clips and play them back. It has a pitch/speed shifting dial, which is fun, but it does lack one or two features that could make it pretty usable. To remedy that, I added an option for line out, and a toggle switch instead of the pushbutton, so that it could play back a given loop infinitely. Here’s a quick test of the same:

Gear: Hacked MoMA voice box-> MXR Blue Box-> Digitech hardwire looper

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Synths for ISRO

After my tinkering about with circuits and noise last semester during the toy lab, I decided to intern with Yashas Shetty, artist-in-residence at Srishti, and periodic hacker/noisemaker along with ISRO (Indian Sonic Research organization, of course; the local (and perhaps only) experimental sound lab). I made a couple of synths, in addition to taking apart printers, mucking around with feedback, and generally annoying the hell out of anyone within earshot with all possible forms of ungodly rackets. Anyway, here’re a couple of the synths i made, most of them based on existing DIY projects.

The first one’s the Auduino, the basic platform of which i used in my toys as well. It’s based on the arduino microcontroller, though i didn’t really alter the schematic or program much here. The casing was meant to look like really retro radios, and maybe partially inspired by Dieter Rams’ work (at least, that was the intention)

This one is the dronelab, which we designed to put into the mughal looking table/box thing below (hence all the wires). I’ve decided to simplify that, so the final form is going to look far less intimidating, be easier to play, in addition to being more durable.

      

And here’s An Atari Punk Console, housed in a box made from 2mm HIP.

                               

fridaynightmauves

i thought i had lost this recording, but thankfully found it sometime last week. It’s again in a stream-of-consciousness form of improvising – i’ve noticed it’s a form where i sometimes get confused as to the distinction between speaking through my guitar, and speaking to it.
I was in a sort of a creative slump when i recorded this…it helped me realize that one of the best ways to get around a feeling of being uncreative and generally useless is to just express exactly that feeling :)

lying still, feet in water

Another idea that I’ve never bothered to flesh out fully… but honestly,i quite like it like this.
This was relatively simple to make, I was attempting to create something along the lines of Brian Eno’s and Robert Fripp’s ambient work (although they did it with analogue tape-delay processes), and i ended up with this after a few overlays and filters.

The title doesn’t really suggest it, but a lot behind this piece was a memory i have of viewing kanchejunga from Pelling (Gangtok). Around sunrise, the mountain’s colour changes steadily, from a grey barely distinguishable from the sky, to a brilliant golden yellow, before it’s all too suddenly obscured by clouds.
I’m not very focussed when it comes to naming things, so i titled with something that somehow evokes a very similar emotion for me :)

so quiet,so quiet

This piece began as a sort of response to the book “Metaphors We Live By” (1980-by George Lakoff and Mark Johnson). It’s come to be about a bit more than just that, but it’s still essentially still to do with my thoughts after reading the book (read it-it’s potentially life-changing).

so quiet, so quiet

The book’s about how language (specifically, through the use of metaphors) structures our experience….As I’ve understood it, language essentially began as a tool devised by humans to describe experiences, but seems to have become something which more strongly informs our experiences, confining what we can draw from our experiences to the structure inherent to the language.
Aside from the rather more poetic interpretation. Metaphors are basically elements which allow us to describe one conceptual system in terms of another.

Due credit should go to Danny Carey from Tool for his drum solo, which I’ve sampled towards the end.