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.
So I spent the first weekend in May – the first sunny one of the year I might add – with 17 other like-minded individuals, in a very nice, but practically windowless room, in the Science Gallery, Trinity College making Things That Make Noise.
Once in a while, I talk to a user who is experiencing hum or buzz with their music gear – especially if they’re powering more than 3 or 4 pieces of gear from one power supply. Now, we all know nothing is 100% silent, a teeny tiny bit of noise is expected, but, as anyone who makes music knows, there’s a level at which noise moves from the OK to the unacceptable.
The good news is I’ve found a handy, cheap, solution for this, in the form of a Ground Loop Isolator.
Read on to find out more, and get a discount code for the myVolts shop!
Day 2 covered two main topics, Real Time Audio Processing, and Interaction Design. We did loads more with our live sets in Ableton (I had lots of questions about things I’d not been able to figure out when I was doing my homework during the previous week, Brian ably answered them), and the day culminated in a short performance of each of our Ableton sets, with live elements.