Very often, computers and music gear greedily consume whole corners of the room. Here’s a tidy alternative, modest in space consumption as well as in cost.

So, what’s so wonderful about DIY creations by our friend Sasa Djuric (aka fibra)? It isn’t just that his stands are recycled from monitor stand parts. It’s not just because the free ReBirth for Windows and an Asus netbook make for a wonderfully affordable computer music station. It’s not even that his cases for the x0xb0x 303 clone and a MIDIbox project are beautifully executed, or that magnets on the stands more effectively support those gadgets and place them in an ergonomic position.

What’s wonderful to me is that these designs relate the scale of those music-making objects to human hands. You just want to put your fingers on these devices and make some music.

From the Flickr set, Sasa explains:

This universal stand was part of the monitor once. I attached a piece of thick still and and 2 neodymium magnets recycled from hard drive.

[on the now-free-as-in-beer software running on the Asus netbook] …yes, in the name of good old times. ReBirth was my very first step in music making. I couldn`t even imagine I`ll build myself clones of all those machines. 🙂

He tells CDM:

I used 2 stands that are leftovers from monitors that are installed into an info kiosk. One is bigger than other which is allows me to cascade few machines. This was a really quick project as I used what I had laying around. Thick piece of steel is wood joint. Magnets are from a hard drive; the
tin plates glued on the eee and other machines are cutout from CDROM drive case, rubber comes from a blood pressure meter…
pretty much everything is recycled. 🙂
Besides the x0xb0x and eee you recognized, you can also see a ClockBox – MIDI clock generator (midibox project).

Really beautiful work – economic use of materials, clever design, and it could let you put a drum machine in your kitchen so you can cook music and food for a brilliant evening.

More on the elements of this project:
The x0xb0x is a fully open-source 303 bassline clone
The clockbox is a project based on the Midibox platform (see site, blog)
The Liliputing blog has great netbook coverage
ReBirth lives on as freeware at the ReBirth Museum. This is Windows, but if you don’t want to swap Windows onto your netbook, you can run it in WINE on Linux. (have to try that myself!)
Flickr set

All photos by Sasa Djuric, used by permission.

103 responses to “DIY Compact Music Workstations: Magnets, Eee, x0xb0x, Recycling”

  1. Abe Mora says:

    Nice work!
    Need to make one for myself.

  2. Darren Landrum says:

    <blockquote cite="Peter Kirn">… and it could let you put a drum machine in your kitchen so you can cook music and food for a brilliant evening.

    You just gave me a fantastic idea for a stage show. 🙂

  3. richardn says:

    Beautiful work! I have tried free rebirth but it still seems to need the CD in the drive [leftover from when it was commercial] and the eepc does not have one – is there some way around this?

  4. dogmeat says:

    yes…install daemon tools, create another (virtual) drive, and mount cd image on that drive…it works without problem, and without real cd rom 🙂

  5. KeyOfGrey says:

    I love the space saving here. Having an elegant looking set up, no matter how simple it is, does wonders when clients are over, not to mention increasing your own productivity. Great work!

  6. David says:

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  7. I did not know that ReBirth was now freeware. This is exciting, and I'm probably behind the time.

    I kind of wish I didn't sell my Eee now…oh well I need the cash.

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  9. Phillip Washington says:

    Awesome. Something like this for machinedrum and monomachine would be great.

  10. stiff says:

    Inspiring. Thanks for sharing.

  11. contakt says:

    Just wanted to drop a note that Sasa always has cool stuff on his Flickr page. I am constantly amazed by your work!

  12. pulsewidth says:

    Rebirth seems to work just in Linux with Wine. haven't sorted out the necessity of the CD yet, but I suppose I'll try the aforementioned Daemontools…

  13. Saša &A says:

    Thank you everybody for your nice comments, and thank you, Peter for presenting my work. 😉

  14. […] universal magnetic stand flickr set (via CDM) Pics used with […]

  15. […] reciclados de un disco duro, para el soporte de su netbook o algún otro hardware de música. Djuric lo utilizó para colocar su x0xb0x 303 clone (un completo proyecto opensource basado en el controlador MIDI TB-303) usado junto con el […]

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