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6.19.2009

Bent Fest part 2

Picking up where Colin left off...

On Saturday I heard Tom Bailey give a talk about digital sampling and the Wheres The Party At sampler he just finished. Besides being really nice and a brilliant electrical engineer, he is an incredible speaker, somehow discussing these really complex electrical concepts in a way I can understand (read: peppered with curses, pop culture references, and excessive hand gestures). At the moment the kit for WTPA is staring me in the face....sooooooooooon it will be built.

After that I took part in one of the best workshops I have ever been too. Rob Hordijk, a synth master audio science genious who litterally wrote the book on the Nord Synthesizer, gave a workshop for building a small circuit called the min-Rungler. The circuit was designed and made by him, based of chaos theory, and is available no where else. This man builds Blippoo Boxes for over 600 euros a piece, and this work shop was 30.00. It was one of those drool inducing once in a lifetime sorta things for an electronics geek like me. Which like the true electronicrack addict I am completely ditched my best friend (SORRY RYAN!), missed all the shows (SORRY BENT!) and didnt eat (SORRY STOMACH!) for. Luckily Moiz showed up to Bent and we took the workshop together.





The circuit itself is so full of potential I cannot even begin to grasp it all. It has 3 outputs, a triangle wave, stepped, and pulsed, has potential connections to the computer, can be used to drive real modular synthesizers, and has a whole bunch more features I cannot even begin to grasp. It may be a while before I understand it all but I am using this circuit as a platform to learn about op amps and audio synthesis.

After a hectic de-install and ride back to BK, Bent Fest was done. Bent Fest 09 was an incredible experience, thank you to the organizers, artists, and friends who came out!

much more will posted soon!

1 comment:

El Colin said...

i love that thing