doorstop electronics

music electronics that're noisy and weird

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Ballet mecanique at the National Gallery of Art

Everything's supposed to be two inches to the left ...

Here's a pretty interesting thread at a studio design forum that is covering the design and construction of a home studio in England. Things get pretty dramatic during the concrete pouring phase ....

Studio Auditions website

Nifty site allowing you to compare the sounds of dozens of microphones in a studio setting.

Andre Duracell plays Turrican

More free stuff out there

The philharmonia orchestra, which I guess is in the UK, has samples of every note played by every instrument in the orchestra, as well as phrases, available free as samples. Neat.

Here is a free reverb tank for your dry, unprocessed samples. Cool.

Actually, here's a massive list allegedly of places to find free samples. Radical.

Finally, a cute little thread of desperate audionerds obsessing over the mojo of a Radio Shack 7-band eq. " I hear the sound of a chain being yanked somewhere...."Bitchin.

Stop Look Listen of Taiwan

Whenever there's trouble, we're there on the double

Like Peter Kirn, I too have fond memories of the Children's Television Workshop, especially 3-2-1 Contact. And I was way in love with the hostess found in this video on music synthesis:

This is via the venerable Create Digital Music blog wherein is found this quote: "When I die, my god has promised me a land of hot stoned chicks who own modulars. I will sport a comb-over and I will be happy."

Good luck with that, man.

On-line concert recordings!

This is pretty cool. NPR records concerts of some decent acts from Washington, D.C.'s 9:30 Club. Not my favorite venue in the universe, but the sound is always good. Here.

Indo-Dutch Power!

Found via the Brewery at the old GroupDiy forum ( Insane, over-the-top and the kind of thing that makes me think that Baby Boomers didn't suck after all. At least in Indonesia.

EDIT: Of course, these folks weren't baby boomers, which explains things.

Google Tech Talks

Google occasionally hosts speakers on various topics and collects the downloadable video of those talks in a section called Google Tech Talks. It's a nice way to waste a little time, and some of the talks are truly engrossing. A particularly good video is "Should Google Go Nuclear?" in which a plan to develop a sustainable, stable fusion reactor as a clean, safe energy resource is presented. The presenter has a fair amount to say about the inertia that plagues the scientific and engineering communities: because budgets and research programs usually rely on certain assumptions, it often becomes impossible to raise funds to conduct research into new approaches to existing problems when the new approach defies those assumptions. The first two minutes contains fairly dense survey of the basics of fusion; you don't miss much by skipping it.

The union that works for you! 

Online Drum Machines

A list, which I'll update at this post when necessary, of drum machines you can use (via Java or Flash) with your web browser. [Use at your own risk.] Of course, you can simply google "online drum machine," but you get a lot of garbage links that way!


Beaterator - by Rockstar Games, who made the Grand Theft Auto games. By far the most rewarding, though the quantization is pretty brutal. You can save files, and import sounds!

ZeFrank Sloppy - interesting, because it has no quantization, but ultimately difficult to use.

Keyboard Museum - some flash re-creations of rhythm boxes. None appear to be programmable. It doesn't look like you can download the sounds.

Hammerhead - as far as I know, one of the first, and probably the best, free drum machine that you must download. The site has links to other cool music-making programs.

Freesound crowd sounds

I am a big fan of the Freesound Project, "a collaborative database of Creative Commons licensed sounds." They recently have posted a group of recorded sounds made from a collaborative recording in Barcelona, involving apparently a large, enthusiastic chorus willing to make moaning, laughing, screaming, clapping, or other sounds on cue. Very creepy, and very entertaining, too. Here it is.