June 27, 2007

Electro-Mechanical DIY...

by Chris Randall
 



I've been pondering making a few instruments for my next CR album, and in doing so have been perusing Iner Souster's pages as a source of inspiration and ideas, along with my normal and perfectly healthy obsession with All Things Neubauten. After successfully making the Bogdon Box Bass, I've realized that there really isn't a lot to these sorts of things. What's your favorite electro-mechanical (as opposed to synthie type stuff we normally cover here) DIY instrumentation? Have you built something odd? Discuss.

 
 
 

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Jun.28.2007 @ 10:24 PM
oscillations
welp, I sure as hell boned up that linkage. sorry bout that.
 
 

 
Jun.28.2007 @ 11:58 PM
Chris Randall
On the bright side, it's an easy lesson to learn. ;-)

-=CR

 
 

 
Jun.29.2007 @ 8:51 AM
Downpressor
I saw Neubauten once. Didnt like them or their music. I'm told I kept throwing beer cans and trash from the club floor at them.
 
 

 
Jun.29.2007 @ 1:06 PM
Ataru
for raw amplified metal sounds, I prefer The New Blockaders to Neubauten... of course, they aren't as musical, by any stretch of the imagination but I think that's precisely why I find them much more compelling.
 
 

 
Jun.29.2007 @ 11:42 PM
Aenemone Carbuncler
i'm late to this, but CR's EN recommendation is spot on--one of the best live albums there is. Other than that, Silence is Sexy or Halber Mensch are both great but very different and a decade + apart.

So, i am a synth guy, new to all these guitar pick-ups but grabbed a $30 guitar and bass at the music123 blowout. But a freidn tells me the fairly common use of a vibrator on them will destroy the pick-ups, i don't understand how? why? is this bad/ what will kill the pick-ups? I got these cheapo with the intention of destroying them, but not making them non-sound producing junk.... can i use magnets on them? vibrators? why? what?

I have gotten some great things regardless playing it with the pins of old eeproms, cpu chips, and the aluminum CPU heatsinks can be excellent!

 
 

 
Jun.30.2007 @ 3:12 AM
Chris Randall
Well, if you use a vibrator on them like 10 hours a day every day for the next 5 years, you'll see some degradation on your $30 guitar, sure. I wouldn't use a vibe on, say, a '59 Strat, but cheap guitars are made to be beat on.

-CR

 
 

 
Jul.01.2007 @ 11:06 PM
Aenemone Carbuncler
thanks, Chris, what I suspected.
now, record at 192KHZ+ change header in SoundHack, and even with a cheap ass gtar you have something. 192KHZ is great for recording but if you want to manipulate it we should be able to double it at least.
 
 

 
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