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eSymposium: Circuit Bending Saturday 7/21 noon-3

To nurture the Midwest experimental electronics community, the circuit bent duo Roth Mobot hosts a free weekly “eSymposium,” a lateral lecture series where participants are both teachers and students. There’s soldering, tinkering, Q&A, show-&-tell, bending circuits, hacking toys, and Chicago’s only weekly Circuit Bent Open Mic. Stop by, or keep in touch with the growing membership via the eSymposium’s Google Group, or listen to some unedited audio from the open mic on the eSymposium’s SoundCloud Channel.

Who: anyone!

What: Circuit bending eSymposium with Roth Mobot and friends

Where: Pumping Station: One Electronics Lab (2nd Floor) 3519 N. Elston Ave Chicago, IL 60618

When: Saturday, 7/21 at 12pm-3pm

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Introducing…Apollo 13.

Greeting everyone! I’m glad to be a part of the bloggers here at PS: One and even more excited to share the project that took me the past four months to complete. The Apollo 13.

But it’s actual name is the Maven. Because DJ Sasha happens to be the only one in the world who owns one – until you know, today.

Sasha is just one of those DJ’s that stands out to me, he’s not just putting two songs together, he’s putting on a real performance and he’s doing it with Ableton Live and the Maven. A one off piece of hardware so unique that if you know what Ableton is you drool just looking at this thing. It’s a fantastic looking device and I wish I could see the thing in person! Alas, I went entirely off of photos and four months ago began the project to replicate the device.

Click  for more pictures and video: Continue reading Introducing…Apollo 13.

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DIY Music Evening


Hot on the heels of MEECAS… Pumping Station: One’s very own monthly DIY music Evening.

November 20th, 4 PM @ PS:One. This event is free and open to the public.

Are you interested in circuit bending, DIY musical instruments, noise gen, percussion? Join us as we explore the creation of a joyous cacophonous cacophony! Bring your bent toys, instruments, amps and rattles.

Just what does DIY music sound like? Click here to listen to some audio candy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ioiFCuHqHds

Questions? Contact Hank at hkrishman at gmail dawt comm.

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Take On The Machine: Crashspace

This week, our hacker brethren in Los Angeles bring their ear for music to the game. Their motion-sensing synthesiser gets plenty of attention from passers-by in their storefront space. Props to them on tuning flowerpots and empty bottles of Carlsberg!

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This Saturday: DIY Jam Session at Nothin’ Less Cafe

weird string instrument

You! Over there bangin’ yer pots and pans, glitching toy circuits, playing that weird looking pipe thing! No, don’t stop! We want you to join us this Saturday, July 23rd for an open jam session. It’ll be at Nothin’ Less Cafe, located at 2642 N. Milwaukee Avenue (right next to the Logan Theatre), from 11 am to 7 pm. We’ll have some instruments set up, but feel free to bring your own mutant trombones or circuit-bent toys (or that thing from the picture above). If you want to bring a traditional instrument, that’s okay too. You don’t have to be a “musician,” just be ready to make noise. It’s free and open to the public, so come out and invite your friends. It’s part of the Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival going on all weekend, so there’ll be plenty of things to see and do in the area.

(Picture licensed Creative Commons BY-NC-SA, by SWARM Sounds on Flickr.)

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A Guided Tour Double Feature: DIY musical instruments and CNC tools

This month we have two Guided Tour talks from a couple of great people doing very interesting things. In the June “It’s so awesome it’s probably illegal” edition of PS:One Guided Tours we’ll have the following talks:

This Friday, June 18th:


A low-cost, open-source desktop CNC mill – http://www.diylilcnc.org

Chris Reilly and Taylor Hokanson will talk about the history and evolution of the DIYLILCNC project, some general bvackground of CNC technology, some of the shortcomings of the present state of CNC and how those are addressed by open-source hardware projects like the DIYLILCNC. We’ll also go over the specs of the DIYLILCNC, giving details about how it is built and its functions.

Chris Reilly is a Chicago-based artist, writer and teacher. He received his BFA with a focus on New Media from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2006. Chris is currently employed as manager of SAIC’s Advanced Outptut Center, and a part-time faculty member teaching between SAIC’s Design and Film/Video/New Media departments. Since 2003, Chris has shown work in several solo and group art exhibitions in the US and Europe; he works with modded video games, virtual/augmented reality, scripting/programming and kinetic sculpture.
http://www.chris-reilly.org http://www.rainbowlazer.com

Taylor Hokanson is an artist and educator based in Chicago. His studio practice fuses functional design (as exhibited by the DIYLILCNC project) with artworks of a more conceptual nature (such as his Sledgehammer-operated Keyboard). Until recently Taylor taught digital production/fabrication at DePaul University and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Tuesday, June 22nd:


Making unusual and fun electronic musical instruments and turning it into a business – http://unatronics.com/

Maker and Circuit-bender Michael Una will give a talk about the steps involved in turning a hobby into a business. Topics will include business plan creation, logistics, and marketing. Michael will discuss the creation of his company Unatronics, demonstrate his products and discuss his development process.

These are some great talks that I’m really looking forward to seeing. The doors will open at 7pm, the talks will begin at 8pm. I hope to see you all there!

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