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Quickie: Make a CD Case Out of a Piece of Paper

Quick! You need to send music to someone! You need to make it count! I love SoundCloud and whatnot, but with everyone so overwhelmed by music, there’s something about making something physical. We’ve covered this topic before, but: 1. I think we can all use a break from 2,000 word posts with 150 comments and controversy over deadmau5 (or Paris Hilton DJ debuts – staying away from that one). 2. CDM can only rarely link to wedding sites. This is one of those times. 3. With many variations out there, this one is especially nicely done, and nicely photographed, and …

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A Record Player Made from Paper, as the FlexiDisc Lives; Thanks Be to Pythagoras

It’s not in any way digital – we’re in paper and needle territory – but clever design transforms packaging and notecard into playable music device. Create Transducer Music, anyone? Designer Kelli Anderson concocted a novel approach to the wedding invitation for her friends Karen and Mike: turn the paper invite into a playable sound device. The couple even made and recorded their own song for the occasion. (The story of the individuals is worth mentioning – Karen advocates for the rights of makers and coders and Mike is a Grammy-nominated engineer.) The device itself plays music without electricity or circuits. …

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Paper, Drawing as Musical Controller: A Round-Up

Imagine drawing an interface on paper, then being able to use it as a musical interface. Or, heck, don’t imagine it – do it. Unfortunately, the kinds of intelligence necessary to make the music video in yesterday’s post just aren’t practical yet. (That is, you could draw a picture of a keyboard, and even use the picture as a music controller, but while you or I could recognize a keyboard from a drum pad and know that line is a fader, a computer would need some sort of advance structure for any recognition to work.) But you can do some …

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Celebrating Paper, Tonight in Brooklyn

Tonight CDM joins with MAKE, Popular Science, Etsy, and Instructables in an event celebrating all things made out of paper. My own interpretation is to mess with the concept a bit, and build a MIDI sequencer/sampler that works with barcodes. If you do make it, bring your favorite magazine/book barcode and we’ll see how it translates melodically. Details: Join us, along with Make Magazine(our office mates), Peter Kirn (Create Digital Music) Instructables, Popular Science, and more for a night of paper projects! You can bring any project you want, but paper is our theme. As always, it’s show and tell …

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Got Paper-Based Music Projects?

Next week in Brooklyn I’ll be collaborating again with MAKE:Magazine, Etsy, and Popular Science. This month’s theme: paper. Paper Projects Night [makezine.com] Even if you’re not in the New York area, if you’ve got a paper-based music project of some kind — instruments (working) made out of paper, interactive paper sculpture, whatever, drop me a line and let me know. If you’re in NYC, you can bring it on by Brooklyn and say hi! If not, I’m thinking of having people appear virtually, either by web chat or some sort of remote presentation. (If it’s just slides, I’ll still do …

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DIY Papercraft Synthesizers: Make Your Own

Lack the budget and space to collect vintage analog synths? Michel Le Stum is selling custom kits for creating your own, entirely out of paper: SDIYCUT: Synthesizer Do it Yourself, via synth fetish blog Matrixsynth (sorry, Matrix; I’m a couple of weeks behind but was getting ready for an exam that week!) 15 EUR each, but lovingly made, and more models on the way. Now, I’d love to see this idea expanded … proximity sensor inside, small battery, Bluetooth transmitter, soft synth emulating the instrument and algorithmically generating synth solos. Anyone insane enough to try it? We’ve seen lovely papercraft …

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Exquisite Miniature Synthesizers, Modular Marimba, Made from Paper

Australian designer/illustrator Dan McPharlin has created some beautiful, detailed papercraft miniatures of synthesizers, evidently out of his imagination: Miniature synthesizers [Flickr photoset] He’s selling these pocket-sized creations, as well. I love the modular marimba, like a MalletKAT meets a Buchla modular, something I don’t think ever happened in real life, though I could be wrong (and would love to be wrong). Sadly, the papercraft constructions are for aesthetics only; they’re non-functional. It’d be fantastic to pack a little digital chip and some sensors in there and make these into real instruments. Maybe the electronics wizards here want to suggest themselves …

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