June 15, 2017 by

Atari Punk Console workshop w/ Sam Battle (Look Mum No Computer)

The Atari Punk Console – what a great name. It evokes lovely lo-fi glitchy sounds, from cheap components, knocked together with a DIY sensibility. I’ve read and heard lots about this famous circuit, so it was great to get down and dirty and put one together myself – under the guidance of the lovely Sam “Look Mum No Computer” Battle.

APC unboxed

APC unboxed



The APC workshop was on June 10th, and hosted in MakeShop, Dublin – just one of the many art / noise / DIY events happening as part of Science Gallery Dublin’s “SOUND CHECK” series this summer.

Sam told us a little bit about the APC, gave us a board and a bag o’ bits each, and and we pretty much got down to it!

Resistors is futile

Resistors is futile

Workshop in MakeShop

Workshop in MakeShop

We were asked to bring a box to hold our simple synths, something we didn’t mind drilling holes in for the two pots that control the pitch of the sound, and on / off switch. I found a cute bento box kicking around my kitchen, perfect to hold all the bits. I added an extra LDR, light dependent resistor, in his nose, for extra sonic weirdness.

Inside the box

Inside the box

Easy, Tiger

Easy, Tiger

Classy wooden box

Classy wooden box

It was a brilliant workshop, and the APC is a nice, simple project for anyone wanting to get into the world of DIY electronic instruments. You can buy the cheap kit with the PCB board and all the bits in lots of places, like Synthrotek. Just get a nice box for it and you’re ready to go!

Here’s my finished APC – making lovely lo-fi noises, just as I’d hoped:

Stay tuned for more on my adventures in handmade instruments and home-made sounds!

Need help powering any music / gaming / other gear, or got any other questions? Drop me a line at caroline AT myvolts DOT com or hit me up on Twitter, username carolinezoids

Caroline is a leading authority on power supply adaptors. Although there's not a lot of competition, admittedly. She's been at MyVolts for more than 10 years, is Director of Operations, and works in the Dublin office.

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