Performance Tools : Predictably Loud



What
Fast Food Collective

Where
Secret Project Robot
Brooklyn, NY


When
2011–2016
Collaborators
Eric Drasin
Samuel Baumel
Matt Romein

Reid Bingham
Materials & Software
Arduino
Aluminum Enclosures
Pocket Operators
NES


About

The following instruments were designed for Fast Food Collective’s bi-monthly Improvised Electronics Round Robin, an event that features short sets and collaboration from 10-12 performers. These designs focus on simple concepts with expressive controls. Overarching aesthetics of noise, loudness, glitch, and feedback complement the spirit of the event.


Noise Unit 01 and Unit 02

Units 01 and 02 contain circuit-bent electronic voice-changing toys with built-in feedback controls. Samuel Baumel created video accompaniment for their debut performance.







Hacked Pocket Operators

Teenage Engineering’s Pocket Operators are funky, affordable handheld synthesizers. However, the devices lack the ability for USB or MIDI communication. This project was an attempt to resolve that problem by connecting each button on the synthesizers to the output of a Teensy microcontroller. After the modification, digital signals could be used to automate the instruments.







Doomtendo

Doomtendo is an automated circuit-bent Nintendo Entertainment System. Relays control connections between bend points located on the system's printed circuit board. A simple step-sequencer made in Max triggers each relay.







Rainbow Drone Cube

The Rainbow Drone Cube is an translucent cube containing eight RGB LEDs. The three colors in each LED are linked to the frequency of a triangle wave oscillator. The rate at which these oscillators operate is controlled by a 3 x 8 matrix of potentiometers. 







Computronium de Ley Line

These pedals contain a circuit-bent Dan Electro Fab Echo circuit. Modifications include enhancing the wet/dry mix ratio, increasing the amount of available repeats, and the addition a delay time adjustment potentiometer. 







Feedback Controllers

This simple feedback controller was a precursor to the Xiwi Matrix Mixer. Its single potentiometer controls the amount of signal that is routed back into the sound source. A momentary stomp switch was used so that swells of feedback could be turned on and off with ease.












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