Audio Fun with Inductor Coils

By Scott Petersen | March 20, 2015 | Comments Off on Audio Fun with Inductor Coils
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As Ethan and I await the arrival of components necessary to embark on our spring reverberation tests, we pass the time by winding inductor coils and playing with magnetic fields.

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Fun with the Wien Bridge Oscillator

By Scott Petersen | March 6, 2015 | Comments Off on Fun with the Wien Bridge Oscillator
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To the fledgling electronics enthusiast who has just enough knowledge of electronic music theory to be dangerous, it makes sense that the simplest tone, the sine tone, should be the simplest/easiest to construct in the analog electronics domain.  Of course, this is not the case.  While geometrically simple to describe, the sine tone is not…

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DIY Workshop Madness

By Scott Petersen | August 21, 2014 | Comments Off on DIY Workshop Madness
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I am really excited to be teaching a series of open source software and hardware workshops this year at Yale as part of a new initiative we started called the Open Music Initiative.  The aim of the initiative is to indoctrinat… er, expose faculty and students to the merits of FLOSS and open source hardware via workshops wherein…

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Modular Synth Components

By Scott Petersen | August 19, 2014 | Comments Off on Modular Synth Components
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Last night El MuCo (The Mutagenic Cooptoraptors) accomplished a feat heretofore unimaginable: three circuit projects were undertaken and three projects were completed successfully.  While you may be tempted to think that, with the assistance of a book (Ray Wilson’s Analog Synthesizers) and the vast power of the internet this is not a big deal, you…

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Music V: Back to the Future

By Scott Petersen | March 10, 2014 | Comments Off on Music V: Back to the Future
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In 1969 Max Mathews published The Technology of Computer Music in which he provides a  primer to digital sound and synthesis, describes the function of a computer music program, and provides a manual to the language he was describing, namely MUSIC V. It was to be the last MUSIC-N language he would write, and was…

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Intro to SuperCollider 3 for the Uninitiated

By Scott Petersen | February 24, 2014 | Comments Off on Intro to SuperCollider 3 for the Uninitiated
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There are so many good tutorials, books, and websites out there for learning SuperCollider that one may scoff at “yet another…” SuperCollider intro and for good reason.  This article, however, aims to answer really basic questions at the absolute beginner level, questions such as “ok, but how do I get SuperCollider and what version do…

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SuperCollider on CrunchBang Linux

By Scott Petersen | February 6, 2014 | Comments Off on SuperCollider on CrunchBang Linux
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[UPDATE] This post has been updated to reflect better practices. Following my post for installing SC3.6 on Ubuntu (Xubuntu) where I advised readers of the awesomeness of #! (CrunchBang) linux I have decided to post a quick how-to for getting SC3.6 IDE installed on your CrunchBang system.

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New SuperCollider on (x)Ubuntu

By Scott Petersen | February 4, 2014 | Comments Off on New SuperCollider on (x)Ubuntu
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My page on installing SC3.x on Ubuntu has been a popular page here at scacinto.com. Because it was written 3+ years ago, and more importantly, because so much changed with the SC3.6 update I felt compelled to write up another tut. This time I’m installed 3.6.x on Xubuntu 13.10. The flavor of Ubuntu you choose…

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Experimental Musical Instrument Workshop @MakeHaven

By Scott Petersen | September 20, 2013 | Comments Off on Experimental Musical Instrument Workshop @MakeHaven
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Yesterday was the 2nd of what will now be three workshops I’m giving at MakeHaven hacker space in New Haven, CT. The first two focused on creating contact mics and designing and building acoustic instruments. The third workshop, TBA sometime in October, will center on basics of electronics and circuits, bending/hacking instruments, toys, household objects,…

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Experimental Musical Instrument Workshop @ MakeHaven

By Scott Petersen | September 9, 2013 | Comments Off on Experimental Musical Instrument Workshop @ MakeHaven
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I am pleased to announce another experimental musical instrument workshop in New Haven, this time at MakeHaven (266 State Street New Haven CT.)  The event page is below.  From there you can RSVP if you are interested in coming! http://www.makehaven.org/event/experimental-musical-instrument-workshop-part-i Just in case you’re still not sold on the idea of whacky musical instruments, here’s…

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