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Custom “Pro Sound” Game Boys

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Since the winter break, I’ve been tinkering around with some chiptune projects, and I’ve got quite caught up in the simultaneous progressive and regressive sound design of composing with chips of the 1980s and 90s. Perhaps its a stretch, but I believe this kind of cultural re-appropriation as directly akin to drawing influences from outside […]

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SEAMUS 2015 Conference

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Saturday, March 28 The Cube, Virginia Polytechnic Blacksburg, VA More Details Please join me a Virginia Tech, where I will be performing my solo iPad work, Shin no Shin at the Society of Electro-Acoustic Music US (SEAMUS) Conference.

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SN76489 Chip-Based Synthesizer

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Over the break, I took some time to put together an arduino-driven synth from this “instructable” by Brian Peters. Yeah, inside the radio case This is a synthesizer made from four SN76489 chips. These chips appeared as a cheap audio solution in a number of old computers and game consoles, including the ColecoVision, NeoGeo Pocket, […]

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RCA Output on a Super Game Boy

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For my latest “chiptune” project, I’ve put in some RCA jacks on my Super Game Boy. Of course the Super Nintendo already has the possibility of a component out (via RCA jacks), but, since the Super Game Boy basically contains all the circuitry of the Game Boy, this mod bypasses the Super Nintendo altogether. If […]

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Game Boy Music: LSDJ

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Continuing my research into “Lo Fi” music culture (following my return to circuit bending), I picked myself up a copy of Johan Kotlinski’s Little Sound DJ, a tracker (sequencer, basically) that is a popular means of creating music on the Nintendo Game Boy. While I get my land legs here, enjoy someone who knows what […]

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SEAMUS Electro-Acoustic Miniatures

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I’m pleased to announce that the 2014 SEAMUS Electro-Acoustic Miniatures CD is now available, and the CD includes my new, very short fixed-media piece, Freighthopping. [soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/160568222″ params=”color=ff9900&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false” width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /] CD available on CD Baby.

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Robo-Tambourine (Robambourine? Tamborobot?)

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Continuing on my work putting together some electronic projects, for some time, I’ve been hoping to create a robotic drummer, specifically a robotic taiko that I can perform with on shamisen. I had this idea a while ago, but there were a number of challenges, such as getting solenoids strong enough to do the work, […]

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Nightmare Boombox

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Over the winter break from teaching, I’ve been spending some time exploring “Lo Fi” music and culture. I’ve always been interested in circuit-bending and chiptune (more on this later) particularly because of the DIY aspects of this mode of music creation. Of course, I can’t help but feel conflicted because I’ve spent a significant amount […]