A DIY Multitouch Music Controller, monome-Style, Built From Scratch [Instructables, Arduino]

Complete with color LED display and interactive sensing, this clever DIY project from Amanda Ghassaei is the real deal: a multitouch table used for music, constructed from scratch. And step-by-step instructions on Instructables mean that you can try the same idea yourself. The 8×8 matrix and the notion of independent light-up LEDs, along with some of the firmware, come from the monome project (and the open arduinome clone). But here, that idea is extended to seamless touch sensing, measured by infrared. Multitouch Music Controller from Amanda Ghassaei on Vimeo.

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3D Printed Records: We Talk to the Creator About Her Work, 3D Printing Potential

3D printing is transforming digital information into objects in ways we haven’t seen before. However, a project has been making the rounds through online media partly because it recalls a familiar object: the musical record. Amanda Ghassaei’s 3D-printed record sounds crude, but it makes clear the connection of data to printed, physical form: take a music file, make a printed album. Amanda writes: I’m a really big fan of your blogs and I thought you might like a project I’ve recently published on instructables: I managed to actually print a working (although quite noisy) record on a 3D printer. I …

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K’nex Toy Robot Plays Piano; Instructable Shows You How

Robots may not yet surpass the piano-playing skills of master musicians, but they can at least blow a few piano students out of the water. And the latest musical robots aren’t priceless models out of big corporate R&D departments. They’re hacked together from off-the-shelf toys, use cheap parts, and are assembled with instructions you can grab free off the Internet. Now, what was that about the age of DIY being dead again? (Sorry, Radio Shack; maybe it just moved to Toys ‘R Us.) Behold a programmable robot made of K’nex interchangeable toys. Recently featured on the how-to site Instructables, this …

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Art of Sound: Fascinating DIY Music Creations; Enter and Win Custom Speakers

Make stuff, win stuff: Create your own sound project, like the Simple Sequencer, and you can win an appropriately handmade project like the custom speakers at bottom. The art of music is as expressive an art as you can find, so why shouldn’t the objects we use to make music be equally personal and creative? That’s the question we ask regularly on CDM, so we’re pleased to be sponsoring a contest with our friends at Instructables, along with the good people of Bleep Labs and custom speaker maker Zalytron. Instructables, of course, are a site that let you share step-by-step …

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Ghetto Bullet Time: GRL Does Time Slice on the Cheap

Instructables have just announced the winner of their $15000 Laser Cutter contest. GRL put together a project showing how to create a "bullet time" (also known as "time slice" or the "matrix effect") rig for relatively cheap. I’ve had this idea in my "someday, when you have a couple of grand free" list for quite a while, so it’s great to see someone actually putting it together and then putting it to use.

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DIY tripods/mounts and rigs via instructibles

DIY Gorillapod with parts from Home Depot with a Cannon HV10 attached. I like to shoot video, but I rarely ever plan my outings – so this means I’m either carrying a lot of gear, or I’m always ill prepared. I was pleased to stumble upon some instructions for building a Gorillapod and a String-tripod/monopod – both small, light and incredibly useful tools for shooting video/film/stills gorilla guerilla stile. There is a plethora of great instructable camera gear. My favorites so far: DIY String Tripod/Monopod DIY Gorillapod DIY Figrig Check out the Film and Video Group at Instructables for more. …

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