Darwin Grosse, musical visionary and voice for Max and DIY learning, has passed away

The most powerful impact anyone can have in music is not just to find their own voice but to help others find theirs. It means that song echoing across the hills. And across hardware and software, few have shared passion and understanding of DIY musical expression quite like Darwin Grosse.

Dart, a line of open source MIDI and DMX controllers, in wonderfully wacky variations

The Dart line of controllers is an Arduino-powered array of devices, either for DIYers in shield form and with open software and specs, or mutated into a cornucopia of peculiar-looking devices. DMX and MIDI support and full customizability. This is old news, but now feels like the right time to rediscover them. It’s impossible not […]

Peter Kirn - April 6, 2022

Go check out people making music and visuals by connecting synths to plants

Peope are finding new, organic inputs for synthesizers – the patterns of leaves, humidity and climate, and even electricity pulsing through your friendly neighborhood plants. It might be just the kind of Earth connection you need right now.

Peter Kirn - March 15, 2022

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