January 12, 2014
What an influential book this is. Nicholas Collins worked with Alvin Lucier, and by the late ’90s was teaching sound art in Chicago. He found that his students used computers for everything, and started a course to re-connect them with tangible, physical electronics. This book grew out of the handouts from those classes.
It’s a guide to the lowest tech electronic music possible; circuit-bending existing toys, moving on to building simple oscillators, filters, amplifiers using CMOS circuits.
These are simple, inspiring projects that work and will get you started in music DIY.
For more of the same, Ubuweb have a good selection of articles along similar lines, including Richard Lerman on Piezo disks, and this extract from Electronic Music for Schools. A great CMOS primer is Sebastian Tomczak’s Fun with Sea Moss, or Beavis Audios’s CMOS Synthesizers.
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