Lego NXT tinkering

Not exactly an Arduino, I know, but some folk may have seen or even played with a Lego Mindstorms NXT “brick”.  This ARM microprocessor based device is actually more than just a kids toy and Doug has been exploring some hardware hacks using the bricks I2C bus and an alternative scripting language NXC (for Not eXactly C).  If negotiations with his 10 year old are successful, he will bring it in to demonstrate and tinker.

In any case, bring in your current project and do some communal hacking!

Arduino beginners are still welcome.  Doug will have his usual collection of electronics junk and smattering of Arduino knowledge to help you get started, assist in troubleshooting a particular electronics or code issue or simply suggest resources.

While there are usually one or two spare Arduino’s available for beginners to tinker with and explore, it is preferable if you can bring your own. Please don’t foget to BRING YOUR LAPTOP if you want to get the most out of your visit.

$10 in the tin supports the existence of our geek-friendly hackerspace.

 

NM33

Noizemaschin!! #33: No theme, just music. Use only as directed. If pain persists see our friendly bar staff for ear plugs as necessary. Do not look directly into the lasers or Cthulhu will be able to interpret your dreams. Have fun, but not too much fun. Unless your into that (we don’t judge here). $10 for non-members, Bar d’Factory serves drinks and earplugs. Doors open 19:30

Lineup: Masonik – Noise meets world music in Masonik’s highly acclaimed improvised soundscapes | C-Dub – Inventive classically trained DnB darling joins the noise making experience | Enabler – Dark industrial glory for one and all | David Harwood – Beat-master and music-maker masterfully works the gentle dials of an apc40 for digital synth goodness | Andrew Nonlinearcircuits – Homemade analogue synthesis and gadgetry on display and competing for sonic space | Nathan Thompson – Nathan’s adventures through a digital wonderland | Vanessa Mazza – Laptop songstress and London refugee beings part one of her residency with Noizemaschin!! | Dr Vellocet – Mad Scientist experimentation from our own Doctor of Doom!

PLUS: Lasers of doom courtesy of Optic Nerve!

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There are no specific plans for Arduino U this week, so bring in your current project and do some hacking or ask some questions.

Also in the space this Wednesday, a group of intrepid Artifactorians are determined to perform some frighteningly high voltage experiments with old microwave transformers and other hardware.

Arduino beginners are still welcome.  Doug will be there with his collection of electronics junk and smattering of Arduino knowledge to help you get started, assist in troubleshooting a particular electronics or code issue or simply suggest resources.

While there are usually one or two spare Arduino’s available for beginners to tinker with and explore, it is preferable if you can bring your own. Please don’t foget to BRING YOUR LAPTOP if you want to get the most out of your visit.

$10 in the tin supports the existence of our geek-friendly hackerspace.

 

Floppy drive music

Try typing “imperial march on floppy drives” into google and you will find many, many,MANY examples of folk creating music with the stepper motors in old floppy drives.  But how is it done?800px-Floppy_Disk_Drive_SDF-321B

This weeks Arduino U will look at one way – the “Moppy” Arduino/Java combo by SammyIAm that lets you play midi files on floppy drives.  https://github.com/SammyIAm/Moppy

Beginners are still welcome.  Bring an old floppy drive if you’ve got one lying around!  Doug will be there with his collection of electronics junk, floppy drives and smattering of Arduino knowledge to help you get started, assist in troubleshooting a particular electronics or code issue or simply suggest resources.

Anybody with Java knowledge will be very welcome!

While there are usually one or two spare Arduino’s available for beginners to tinker with and explore, it is preferable if you can bring your own. Please don’t foget to BRING YOUR LAPTOP if you want to get the most out of your visit.

$10 in the tin supports the existence of our geek-friendly hackerspace.

 
It’s our 5th Bin-aversary: 2^5 NoizeMaschins!! Seems like a suitably niche and geeky excuse for cake and celebratory high-jinks.  “RSVP One, not Zero! And be a NoizeMaschin!! Hero….”
Here endeth the bad poetry. $10 for non-members, Bar d’Factory serves drinks and earplugs. Doors open 19:30Lineup: Diode – Shoegazey goodness to nourish the soul | aRe HaVe We HeaVeNs – Back by popular request, the second installment of Ben Stacy’s solo drum project | Petro Vouris – Classical noisemaking and conceptual glory | Josten Myburgh – Prolific new music composer explores dense new territories | Shrimptione ii – New sound worlds to explore under cover of darkness | Steve Paraskos – A party-starting noisefest, in order to get the party started | Russel Clark – Digital, dark ambient textures | Sam Gillies – Reactive granular environments
NM32 on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/660986423962070
 

Once again, there is no specific plan for Arduino U this week.  artiduino

“Mozzi” proved somewhat popular several weeks ago and perhaps deserves a re-visit  – with the caveat that we can build some “notch filters” on the night to remove the high frequency carrier that came close to driving a number of members completely nuts!

Beginners are welcome.  Doug will be there with his collection of electronics junk and smattering of Arduino knowledge to help you get started, assist in troubleshooting a particular electronics or code issue or simply suggest resources.

While there are usually one or two spare Arduino’s available for beginners to tinker with and explore, it is preferable if you can bring your own. Please don’t foget to BRING YOUR LAPTOP if you want to get the most out of your visit.

$10 in the tin supports the existence of our geek-friendly hackerspace.

 

Pile-o-duinoThere is no specific plan for Arduino U this week but at least one person wants to learn how to set up a simple “blinky LED thing” from scratch. This quest is reason enough to attend, since the world will always be a better place with additional blinky lights!

Beginners are welcome.  Doug will be there with his collection of electronics junk and smattering of Arduino knowledge to help you get started, assist in troubleshooting a particular electronics or code issue or simply suggest resources.


While there are usually one or two spare Arduino’s available for beginners to tinker with and explore, it is preferable if you can bring your own. Please don’t foget to BRING YOUR LAPTOP if you want to get the most out of your visit.


$10 in the tin supports the existence of our geek-friendly hackerspace.

 

Noizemachin!! is the Artifactory’s monthly experimental music concert. Hot summer soundz coming at you from a warehouse located far from the beach! Get your antidote to the endless “Ibiza chill”, “sunset vibes” and other solar-flared easy listening with a dose of our aural oddities! $10 for non-members, Bar d’Factory serves drinks and earplugs. Doors open 19:30

Lineup: The Trainables – Harsh noise and digital ambiance collision | Axel Carrington – The soundtrack to a Mint Julep in the bowels of hell | Furchick – Scientifically informed sonic experimentation | Sean Bernard – Synth badassery with infective electroacoustic inflections | Mitchell Mollison – Prodical child returns and we justifiably slaughter the noizemaschin sacrifical lamb of tonality in his honor | Chad – Fennesz-esque ambient noise | The Intensoband – Final performance of their residency, come down and see what everyone has been talking about! | Dr Vellocet – Brain EEGs from skull electrodes are subjected to sonification. Is it musical? It’s certainly noisy!

NM31 on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/476119809165720/

 

Arduino U  is back again for 2014. mozzi

Mozzi by Tim Barrass has generated a fair bit of excitment at the Artifactory.  This is a comprehensive set of Arduino libraries designed specifically for generating sound:

Currently your Arduino can only beep like a microwave oven. Mozzi brings your Arduino to life by allowing it to produce much more complex and interesting growls, sweeps and chorusing atmospherics. These sounds can be quickly and easily constructed from familiar synthesis units like oscillators, delays, filters and envelopes.

You can use Mozzi to generate algorithmic music for an installation or performance, or make interactive sonifications of sensors, on a small, modular and super cheap Arduino, without the need for additional shields, message passing or external synths.

Examples and downloads can be found here.  It would be worthwhile attempting to install the package prior to the night in order to make the best use of the available time.

That said, beginners are still very welcome.  Doug will be there with his collection of electronics junk and smattering of Arduino knowledge to help you get started, assist in troubleshooting a particular electronics or code issue or simply  suggest resources.

While there are usually one or two spare Arduino’s available for beginners to tinker with and explore, it is preferable if you can bring your own.  Please don’t foget to BRING YOUR LAPTOP if you want to get the most out of your visit.

$10 in the tin supports the existence of our geek-friendly hackerspace.

 

The Artifactory will be open Monday evening for any interested attendees of linux.conf.au to explore.   The space will be open from about 7pm.

http://linux.conf.au/