MIDI and Music

Korg releases hackable box of squidgy noise – Stylophone beware!

December 24, 2010
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Korg recently released the Monotron – a truly analog (yes it is, I’ve checked –  nothing but op-amps and capacitors and stuff). A pocket synthesizer with the same filter found on the MS-20 synth. Here’s a short video showing what I found under the hood – nice touch from Korg providing pre-soldered and labelled test […]

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The best ‘Rendezvous’ on the laser harp I’ve seen…

November 4, 2010
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Check out this amazing video of Rune Foshaug playing his laser harp live in his living room: I am a big fan of this guy – his music is great, and his synth programming is pretty awesome too. One of the problems with playing this piece is that there is very little tempo information in […]

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Jarre 101010 Online concert – a bit of a review

October 10, 2010
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I managed to catch the online concert “live” from London (8pm UK time, 3pm my time) along with at least 5000 other people from around the world. What’s really nice about the ustream experience is they have live chat and a social network feed running alongside the playback – so people from around the world […]

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Blast from the past – The Stylophone Schematic

September 30, 2010
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Years ago (and we’re talking more than a few) my parents finally gave in and bought me the closest thing you could get to a real synthesizer – The Stylophone. Mine was the white one – there was a slightly more advanced model that was black with faux wood trim. The sound was monophonic, and […]

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More info on the new Arduino UNO

September 27, 2010
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(Via LadyAda’s Blog) More information available on the new Arduino UNO. “The Arduino Uno is a microcontroller board based on the ATmega328 (datasheet). It has 14 digital input/output pins (of which 6 can be used as PWM outputs), 6 analog inputs, a 16 MHz crystal oscillator, a USB connection, a power jack, an ICSP header, […]

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Information just in on Jarre’s latest Laser Harp

September 23, 2010
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Ryan Jarre Worsley [Is that his real name? – Ed] sent me the following message via Facebook: Just been reading you latest publish on your website, some very interesting pictures, information and a good detailed section about the history of the harp. I see you are a little stuck about the information of the current […]

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Laser Harp updates

September 10, 2010
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Earlier in the year I sold the design of the laser harp to Lightwave International (http://www.lasershows.net), part of the arrangement was that I suspend the sale of the plans. Since then I have received countless email requests for information on the laser harp project – and I’ve not done a very good job of keeping […]

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Arduino sending MIDI over USB for $3.25 in parts

September 7, 2010

I’ve built several MIDI based devices using the Arduino microprocessor – recently I found an article online about hacking this $6 USB MIDI cable (see update below) to provide hardware MIDI over USB. When my cables arrived I noticed that they were a different revision number to the one described in this article. Once I […]

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Archive of The Laser Harp Pages

July 1, 2010

For many years Manuel Schulz maintained The Laser Harp Pages. This site was a major influence on me, and offered some wonderful technical information on how a laser harp could be constructed. In early in 2010 he decided to close the site. Later the same year he asked me if I would be interested in […]

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Little Boots plays *big* Laser Harp at Coachella

April 21, 2010

Lightwave International rolled out the big guns for Little Boots at Coachella Music Festival 2010… They used the 46Watt RGB projector to give over 100W of luvly laser light ™ on stage. My laser harp was right in the mddle. (Yay!) Set your faces to stunned… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dtN0SFihTac From the Lightwave International news page: “Lightwave International […]

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