Handmade Music

making things for making music

This month, we have another action-packed lineup of DIY music technological inventions in Brooklyn. Show+tell plus mini-workshop + hands-on jam time + musical performances = one noise-filled musical geekster party for anyone curious to discover new sound-making creations.

We’ll have a live feed set up for the rest of the world; more on that soon.

Thursday, May 21
7:30 pm
3rd Ward, Brooklyn: Directions
Sponsored by 3rd Ward, createdigitalmusic.com, XLR8R.com, Make Magazine, and Etsy.com
Free / Free Pabst Blue Ribbon beer (while the PBRs last)!
RSVP to rsvp@3rdward.com


Robotic Gamelan

Two robotic gamelan instruments are coming to Handmade Music – get up and close to the robotically-enhanced bronze metallophones, learn how it works, then listen to a robo-gamelan composition.

Fatamorgana (Indonesian for Mirage), a composition by Zemi17 played by the worlds first and only pair of Robotic Balinese Gender Wayang (10 key bronze xylophones with resonators) from the world’s first and only fully robotic Indonesian styled gamelan orchestra, The GamelaTron (http://gamelatron.com, http://myspace.com/gamelatron) by the League of Electronic Music Urban Robots (http://lemurbots.org) and Zemi17 (http://zemi17.net)

LEMUR: League of Electronic Musical Urban Robots is a Brooklyn-based group of artist and technologists who create robotic musical instruments. Founded in 2000 by musician and engineer Eric Singer, LEMUR creates exotic, sculptural musical instruments which integrate robotic technology.

Save That Old iPod / PDA: Make it a Powerful Sound Object

Hans-Christoph Steiner is rescuing old, supposedly “worthless” PDAs and iPods from the scrap heap, unlocking the sonic powers that lurk within through the forces of open source software. ReWare uses Linux and the interactive environment Pure Data (Pd) – among others – to turn those pocket gadgets into musical instruments, sonic toys, useful tools, and interactive art.

See Hans’ box o’ portable devices – and get your own gadget to come out of the closet and be rejuvenated.


It’s a phone – or is it a new music controller? Photo of the TMobile G1 (CC) Lee LeBlanc.

Pocket Androids

PETER KIRN will display some first experiments with Google’s open-source Android mobile platform, turning the TMobile G1 phone into a gestural controller for music. If you’ve got a G1 of your own, we can get you up and running. If you’re interested in other free OpenSoundControl-powered tools for performance, you’ll want to drop by.


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