Category Archives: Music

Evolution of drums

The evolution of drums (it’s OK to laugh):

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Living with drums

Living with drums in San Jose can be difficult.  I don’t have enough space at home, and I have to pack the drums in the car to go practice. Here are some photos reflecting the skills I’ve developed for fitting … Continue reading

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Smartphone mount for drums

Ever since I started using the LiveBPM app on my phone, I’ve wanted a way to mount my smartphone to my drumkit.

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Building a cajon

I’m always looking for a good deal so assembling my own cajon from a kit was the way to go.  I found the Sela Bausatz cajon with a bass sound I liked and a snare construction that was solid.  After following the instructions from kit and drilling a few holes -> TADA!
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Abella, enclosed

Although Abella used to live in a shoebox, now the electronic musical instrument has been fully soldered and packaged in a project box.  The prototype is complete!

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Pitch to Color

Here is the color wheel used by my electronic instrument, Abella. When the music box is playing “C”, the pitch display appears yellow. Middle “C” is set at 262 Hz, high “C” at 523, and low “C” at 131 Hz, and each is displayed yellow. The remaining notes occupy a RGB-CMY color space.

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Introducing Abella

Sound and light!

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Here is some footage from early hardware development of “Abella,” my Arduino-powered electronic instrument. Yes, it is in a shoebox, and yes, the control knobs are popped through the cardboard. Continue reading

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