I am currently taking orders for the next run of the Macumbista Benjolin V3 2014.
The Benjolin is a standalone synthesizer designed by Rob Hordijk from the Netherlands. It contains two oscillators (one LFO and one VCO), a voltage controlled filter and a circuit called a “Rungler”, which allows chaotic cross-modulation possibilities between the different parts of the circuit. Hordijk refers to the Benjolin as a circuit which has been “bent by design.”
These hand-made Macumbista Benjolins have been further customized with a patchbay, which can be used to interface with other modular synthesizers or to setup further control voltage feedback systems within the Benjolin itself, attenuators on the three control voltage input and LEDs displaying the internal state of the Rungler.
A double version, the Butterfly Benjolin, allowing incredible amounts of chaotic cross-modulation between the two halves, is also possible.
You can watch a short demo of two of these Benjolins in action here: http://vimeo.com/70111383
Orders for this next run close 15 March.
Further info: http://macumbista.net/?p=3935
8:54 pm • 9 March 2014 • 1 note
http://macumbista.net will remain the most complete source of information, pls follow that if you do RSS news feeds.
7:33 am • 28 December 2012
Sorry Tumblr, but in the 3-4 days I’ve been on Facebook I’ve gotten some heavy blog coverage for one of my projects, 1300 hits on one of my videos and inquiries for two or three gigs in North America. Plus connecting with a hundred or so people I haven’t been in touch with in a while. Stuff that never happened here.
I try to say all this without sounding egocentric, but it seems like I should be putting a lot more effort there. I’ll keep these pages up as an archive but don’t expect a lot of fresh material here.
Catch up with the latest at https://www.facebook.com/macumbista
7:20 am • 28 December 2012 • 7 notes
I have an email address, I have a website, I have two Tumblrs. For some folks that is not enough. Reluctantly joining The Book to see how things go. You can always find me at macumbista.net and we’ll see how this other social networkish thing works out…
7:27 am • 23 December 2012
I will be the general assistant for this upcoming hacklab/workshop scenario at CTM.13 in Berlin. It’s a very interesting bunch of characters involved, and the application process just started. So send some shit in!
MusicMakers Hacklab @ CTM.13 – “Indeterminism Machines”
Submission Deadline: 11.1.2013
Hacklab Runs: 29.1 – 1.2.2013
We don’t want to just talk about the future: we want to invent our own Golden Age. The MusicMakers Hacklab at CTM.13 will be an open, collaborative environment in which participants can learn about new technologies and get their hands on making their own musical inventions. It’s a space in which people can build a rapid prototype of anything they imagine, creating new ideas around music making and creation, from composition to performance and DJing.
We’re inviting people across media to encourage collaboration: musicians, developers, artists, designers, people working in skills like sound and music, but also code, fashion, visuals, and industrial design and craft.
Throughout the week, we’ll welcome artist and developer presentations from Keith Fullerton Whitman, Imogen Heap, Lucas Abela, Tim Exile, Ali Demirel, Native Instruments, Ableton, and others to be announced. Participants will share hands-on skill sessions on topics like physical computing and custom controllers, wearable technology and fashion, live visuals, Pure Data/libpd, Max for Live, Reaktor, OpenSoundControl, Quartz Composer, Processing, and more.
Selected participants who have proposed a project idea will be named official Hacklab Fellows and be provided with:
* A free CTM Festival Pass;
* Highlighted profile on CTM and createdigitalmusic.com websites;
* The chance to show your finished work at the live showcase at Berghain Kantine on 1 Feb, as part of the CTM.13 program.
In that spirit of sharing and community, the Hacklab will be open to walk-ins from both hackers and the general public.
HOW TO APPLY
To be part of the Hacklab Fellows program, please submit:
* A 150-word description of the project you’d like to execute;
* A 100-word bio;
* If you’d like, send us any images, sketches, videos, or websites you’d like to help us promote your participation and see what’s inside your head. (optional)
Remember that you can include an idea about collaboration in your proposal – some Hacklab participants might want to join in your project.
Send your submission (and any questions/comments) to: musicmakers(at)ctm-festival.de by 11.1.2013.
Presented with createdigitalmusic.com in collaboration with SemiDomesticated and CTM
Curated by Peter Kirn
General Assistant: Derek Holzer
11:18 pm • 22 December 2012 • 4 notes
92mm speaker SoundBox with touchpoints for David Massey. More SoundBox info here.
11:06 pm • 11 December 2012 • 1 note
92mm speaker SoundBox with touchpoints for Juhani Liimatainen. More SoundBox info here.
11:05 pm • 11 December 2012 • 1 note
Transparent-speaker SoundBox with Japanese paper lining and touchpoints for my father. More SoundBox info here.
11:02 pm • 11 December 2012 • 6 notes
92mm speaker SoundBox with touchpoints for Miki Brunou. More SoundBox info here.
11:00 pm • 11 December 2012
92mm speaker SoundBox with touchpoints for Jason R. Butcher. More SoundBox info here.
10:58 pm • 11 December 2012
Transparent-speaker SoundBox with Japanese paper lining for Jonathan Lukacek. More SoundBox info here.
10:54 pm • 11 December 2012
92mm speaker SoundBox with six “circuit bending” body contacts for Juhani Liimatainen. More SoundBox info here.
3:05 pm • 9 December 2012
Transparent-speaker SoundBox with Japanese paper lining for Carsten Stabenow. More SoundBox info here.
3:03 pm • 9 December 2012 • 4 notes
Transparent-speaker SoundBox with Japanese paper lining for Gregg Wilson. More SoundBox info here.
3:02 pm • 9 December 2012