1. 🎼 Three Rivers

    A condensed and lightly processed field recording, presenting the sonic characters of the three rivers which flow past my house.

  2. Put my Shruthi XT back together after the final missing piece for the 4PM filter board upgrade arrived, complete with its fancy new laser cut walnut panel! The whole case is now solid walnut.

  3. Has anybody tried using concentric pots (like this one) on a module to have the control and attenuverter for a parameter in the same place? i.e. the upper knob is the value/offset, and the lower knob would control CV input attenuvertion.

    Generally I prefer having a real knob for control and a trimmer for attenuvertion, but stacking them could save space for “micro” modules.

  4. Sven: neat! Which market did you find this at?

    @HeNeArXn Rathaus Schöneberg, last Sunday. I’d not been before but it seems like a good market for old electronic junk! There were a bunch of cassette recorders and a really cool old film projector too.

  5. Found at a market in Berlin: what I think is an old DIY oscilloscope, complete with handwritten panel lettering!

    I’m guessing this could have been a build by someone living under the GDR who couldn’t get hold of a scope.

  6. Noticed that, having learned to use the beating effect to tell when two pitches are slightly out of tune, I now can trick myself into thinking that in-tune sounds are out of tune by applying light sine-shaped tremolo to them. Wonder if this works for people who haven’t learned to tune using beats?

  7. Julian Oliver: To be an ex-pat in Germany is to accept you will be routinely 'Germansplained', a unique kind of explanation whereby you're not only told why what you've done is wrong &/or not good, but told it >=3 times & that if you do it again you're an idiot. Often followed by chirpy goodbye

    @julian0liver I believe the verb is “klugscheißen” https://en.pons.com/translate/german-english/klugschei%C3%9Fen I have extensive experience with this as well!

  8. Put my laser engraver to good use for the first time, engraving text and graphics for a Walnut front panel for my Shruthi XT synth. I’m really happy with the results!

    I ended up using Eazydraw to design the panel as usual, then after some searching discovered LaserWeb4, an amazing open source CAM tool designed for laser usage but also with routing capabilities.

    It took some time and experimentation to figure out how best to engrave the various text and graphics. In the end I found that Inside cuts along the text, on-path cuts on most of the graphics and some particularly thin text, and inside cuts+fills with very carefully set margins on the inverted filled sections produced good results.

    I’m definitely going to be looking into LaserWeb4 in more detail. I want to investigate it’s conventional routing CAM cabapilities, and potentially switch to this over using Easel, as LW4 is open source, allows for much more detailed control of the machine, and runs offline.

  9. Ben Werdmuller: I built my first website in 1995; started distributing my hypertext magazine in 1994; got on the internet the same year. Distributed my first shareware game via BBS in 1993. 2017 was the first year I didn’t put something new I’d made online in 24 years. Will fix this in 2018.

    @benwerd 2017 was pretty rough though tbh

  10. ✅ improved gurdy MIDI system
    ✅ improved 3 channel gurdy preamplifier
    ✅ DIY hybrid digital+analogue synthesizer

    After a year of work on the hardware and software, finally all the pieces are in place to start composing!

  11. In reply to a post on twitter.com

    @LapTop006 @kevinmarks somehow I doubt that’s going to end well, e.g. “I just had a great idea for a thing!”

    “Check out this thing I just bought!”

    “There’s a thing on my wrist!”

    “I’m wearing a thing!”

    “I need a raspberry pi and some sensors so I can make a thing!”

    It’s hardly a specific term which enables efficient, productive communication :)

  12. Tom Morris  🏳️‍🌈: Duolingo is amazing. Learning how to deny being a horse ("yo no soy un caballo") before learning boring stuff like checking into hotels or getting a taxi at the airport is precisely the sort of surrealist approach to language education I appreciate.

    @tommorris after starting learning German just with Duolingo, my approach with new languages (currently French) is to do the Duo and Memrise courses in parallel. I like the approach. Duo has more complex sentences and better grammar help even if the vocab is a bit random, whereas Memrise has better audio (on the official courses at least) and the vocab is much more goal-oriented.