tinyTesla Tesla Coil Kit Lets You Shoot Lightning, Make Sweet MIDI-Controlled Music

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oneTesla let us know about tinyTesla, a new Kickstarter project to fund a little MIDI Tesla coil kit that’s designed to be easy to build.

tinyTesla is a desktop MIDI Tesla coil kit designed to be suitable for beginners or veterans in electronics. The project has blown past its $20,000 fundraising goal, with more than 10 times that amount already pledged. Backers can get a kit to build a MIDI tesla coil for about $150.

The Tesla coil’s lightning heats up air and creates pressure waves that are audible as sound. The more times per second the lightning fires, the higher the pitch created.

Here’s the official video intro: Continue reading

Mobile Synthesis & Future Forward Controllers

At Moogfest 2014, developer/musician Geert Bevin gave a discussion on Mobile Synthesis & Future Forward Controllers.

Bevin has extensive experience working with new music controllers, as both a musician and developer. He’s an early adopter of the Eigenlabs Eigenharp and is also the developer of GECO MIDI, a gestural MIDI control app for the Leap Motion. Continue reading

Imogen Heap – Me The Machine

This is the official music video for Imogen Heap‘s Me The Machine, which was written with and for her Mi.Mu MIDI glove controllers.

“Most of the visuals are being manipulated live using my Mi.Mu gloves,” notes Heap, “as I didn’t just want to mime. So, I went one step further and worked with the team on getting the gloves ready for visual manipulations.” Continue reading

New Instrument Uses Tattoos As A Score

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Reader Dmitry Morozov – a Moscow-based media-artist, musician and ‘engineer of strange-sounding mechanisms’ – has created a new instrument that uses a tattoo for a score.

Morozov creates experimental electronic music and advocates for circuit bending and DIY electronics in Russia, under the moniker ::vtol::.

Here’s what Morozov has to say about his instrument, ‘Reading My Body’:

this is a special instrument that combines human body and robotic system into a single entity, that is designed to automate creative process in an attempt to represent the artist and his instrument as a creative hybrid.

The device consists of a railing with comfortable hand holders and two parallel, but offset from each other black lines’ sensors that move along the arm using a stepper motor. It is equipped with a 3-dimensional Wii remote controller that uses the OSC protocol in order to give a possibility of additional expression achieved by moving hand in space.

Morozov use of tattoos is part of a trend that we anticipated in our 10 Predictions For Electronic Music Making In The Next Decade in 2010 – musical body modifications.  Continue reading