Reminder: Handmade Music Tonight, Live in Brooklyn, Online on Etsy

It’s Handmade Music Night here in New York! There’s still a couple of spaces in the optical Theremin Beep-It workshop with Mike Una – just pay on-site – and a number of really interesting projects from electronic glocks to bicycle turntables to networked and floating musical objects. In Brooklyn: 7:30-10p tonight (Thursday) 3rd Ward gallery/artist space 195 Morgan Ave., at the corner of Stagg St., in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn, near the Morgan L stop Directions Online: Join the Virtual Lab in the Treehouse room (free Etsy registration required) and hang out with the crafters, around 1:30am GMT: Virtual Lab @ …

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Handmade Music Thurs: Ink Jet Robots, Electronic Glocks, and More Workshop Slots

Surveying toys at a previous Handmade Music night. Handmade Music, the monthly celebration of DIY musical instruments, electronics, and software hits its new home at East Williamsburg’s 3rd Ward tomorrow night, Thursday 12/11 7:30-10:30p. [Directions] Here’s a glimpse of a couple of the projects expected tomorrow night. If you’re not in the NYC area, you can come visit us online at 8:30p Eastern time and hang with the crafty community denizens of Etsy.com: Etsy Virtual Labs [not updated as I write this, but check in tomorrow] If you are in the NYC area: 1. Workshop: We have more workshop spaces …

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NYC: Handmade Music Now Monthly – 12/11 Event, Call for Works, Beep-It Workshop

Handmade Music, the regular series of DIY music tech parties CDM hosts with Etsy.com and Make Magazine in New York, is back. And it’s back in a big way: the event has a new home in Bushwick and will be held on an actual schedule monthly. The first event is next Thursday, December 11. After the December debut, it’ll be every third Thursday of the month, starting with January 15, 2009. We’ve got a spacious, new home at the hip galleries and workshops of 3rd Ward in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn. We want to see your projects, from simple first-time creations …

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Handmade Music is Tomorrow Night in NYC; Gestural DJing in Videos

View Larger Map A reminder to those in the NYC area: CDM again joins up with Etsy.com and Make Magazine for Handmade Music night, a relaxed meet-and-greet of music technologists and people who make noise with things they’ve made. Currently expected: Chiptune / game music stuff, including Peter Swimm’s littlepiggytracker setup, Harsid4U SID (a la Commodore 64) synth Wii control (I’m bringing a Balance Board) Gian Pablo Villamil’s DIY synths, including the brand-new Mutation Synth. (See the previous Rhythmic Synth causing all manner of havoc with Nancy Garcia at the helm, playing with Thurstom Moore at NY’s No Fun Festival. …

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Handmade Music Returns: DIY Music Tech in Brooklyn 7/8, Video

Create Digital Music Night at ETSY LABS from Etsy on Vimeo. Handmade marketplace Etsy.com, DIY "mook"/blog Make, and createdigitalmusic.com again team up for another Handmade Music Night at Brooklyn’s Etsy Labs! For an idea of what it’s about (or perhaps inspiration for starting something similar in your corner of the world), see the video above. On tap: Chiptune gaming systems for music, strange alternative MIDI controllers and sound-mangling custom software, repurposed vintage synthesizer chips made famous by the Commodore 64, digital visuals, a musical Nintendo Wii balance board, and wireless sensing controllers… And more. Where/when: 7/8/08 – 7pm onward (free!) …

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Crazy Handmade Musical Creations from the Mister Resistor Ensemble

I’ve always been fascinated with the evolution of species. Ever seen those bizarre, short-lived organisms in textbooks, the ones that look like they have twelve eyes and a hundred really tall legs and a spindly tail that serves no purpose? I feel the same way about new instruments, interfaces, and music software. Sometimes it’s the evolutionary aberrations — whether practical or not — that are the most interesting, and that perhaps tell us the most about the more dominant species. (Hello, guitars.) And with an open door policy for DIY instruments, we’ve seen some wonderfully unusual experiments at the Handmade …

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All-Handmade Mister Resistor Music Ensemble, Live in NYC Sunday

Tired of conventional instrumentation? How about toy robots named Freddy and Teddy, a violin with a bow made out of cassette tape, and a synthesizer assembled from a 1960s electric guessing game? We have a special guest performance for the next Handmade Music party, organized by CDM in New York with Etsy.com and Make Magazine. The Mister Resistor ensemble features various musical oddities — electronic and acoustic — created by students at Parsons The New School for Design. Mister Resistor – the video from ranjit on Vimeo. Mister Resistor Preview 1 from ranjit on Vimeo. The course is taught by …

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Handmade Music Strikes NY Yet Again, Thursday, 11/15; Your Projects Wanted

Eric Johnson’s musical wall of switches captivates the crowd at the last CDM + Make + Etsy Handmade Music night at Etsy Labs. Handmade Music, the semi-regular evening of DIY musical oddities brought to you by CDM, Etsy, and Make Magazine, will mercilessly descend upon yet another peaceful Brooklyn evening. Expect an informal, free party + show and tell + science fair featuring self-made electronic musical projects. Already confirmed for the lineup: The MIDI Pick, a pressure-sensitive DIY digital guitar pick by Roy Vanegas Mystery musical controllers from Eric Singer, the mind behind the world-infamous LEMUR, an educational outlet in …

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Robotic Theremin, Thumpbot in Videos; Live Oddities in NYC Saturday

Ranjit Bhatnagar, aka Moon Milk Labs, sends this crazy video of his robotic Theremin playing away on Patsy. (After the jump, Theremins playing Crazy, the song.) See also the Moonmilk YouTube page for more. Yes, the robot struggles a bit with the Theremin … but then again, so do I. We’ll be getting up close and personal with this bot this Saturday at the Etsy Halloween party, along with me working on some ghostly video-controlled music and various other oddities and surprises. And we’re just one part of a whole, wild Halloween fiesta courtesy Etsy Labs and friends. Come out …

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Video: Creating Monome, Fuzzy Calculators, and Delicious Pizza

The Monome‘s clean-slate grid of light-up buttons has proven a huge hit, not only among musicians but multimedia artists in general. It’s been such an Internet sensation that many people assume some significant company is behind it. In reality, part of the clarity of the design comes from the homemade approach to design and construction, and the personality of its two primary co-creators — Brian Crabtree and Kelli Cain. Our friends at Etsy.com — specifically, resident videographer saguirl — got a chance to shoot some video in their loft. “People have used it as a drum machine, sequencer, as an …

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