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Maggie Philbin and Bill Thompson to Chair Debates at Brighton Maker Faire Mini Conference

Since announcing the makers for this year’s Maker Faire, we’ve been busy working on another exciting layer of the event – the mini conference. This programme of talks and debates runs alongside the main exhibition day on Saturday, and is … Continue reading
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Meet the Maker: Nomadic Sound System

Last year at Brighton Mini Maker Faire there were a fair few musical makes dotted around the place, from the Blipbox to a subsonic submarine to a stringless ukelele. This year we wanted to do a bit more with the … Continue reading Continue reading

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Guest Post from Malcolm Napier, 2011 Maker

Brighton Mini Maker Faire is about all kinds of makes and makers. Last week we heard from Jay Kendall about her experience of running a felting workshop at the 2011 event; now here’s a guest post from someone whose creations … Continue reading Continue reading

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Teensy HID Midi Controller

Background Until recently, I had used an Arduino to output readings from potentiometers over serial USB, convert it to MIDI in Pure Data and then send it to Ableton Live. This convoluted setup has one clear drawback: you always have to have PD running to convert the serial to MIDI. I wanted something that wouldn’t [...] Continue reading

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Hand-cranked MIDI sequencer from a baked bean can

One empty baked bean tin, some lego and a stack of little magnets… stick magnets on the tin and slide them about to ‘program’ the sequencer, then grab hold of the ‘transport control’ and crank away…. The breadboard contains 5 hall-effect switches a… Continue reading

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Hand-cranked MIDI sequencer from a baked bean can

One empty baked bean tin, some lego and a stack of little magnets… stick magnets on the tin and slide them about to ‘program’ the sequencer, then grab hold of the ‘transport control’ and crank away…. The breadboard contains 5 hall-effect switches a… Continue reading

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MIDI Guitar on Stripboard… Kind of

Somewhere between the Omnichord and the Stylophone lies this thing… simple but suprisingly effective… a PIC16F688 microcontroller, 2 shift registers IC’s, 36 switches and a bunch of wire. The buttons select major/minor/maj7/min7/7/dim/aug chords ba… Continue reading

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MIDI Guitar on Stripboard… Kind of

Somewhere between the Omnichord and the Stylophone lies this thing… simple but suprisingly effective… a PIC16F688 microcontroller, 2 shift registers IC’s, 36 switches and a bunch of wire. The buttons select major/minor/maj7/min7/7/dim/aug chords ba… Continue reading

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Temperature Monitoring

About a year ago I decided it would be a good idea to monitor the temperature in different rooms in the house and outside. The motivation was that, later, I might start controlling the heating by computer and the data would be useful.
When we moved in I had already devoted some time and energy to [...] Continue reading

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DIY Games Console

Another PIC project… this one using a 14-pin 16F688 and playing a version of “Breakout”. I might see if I can get a convincing version of “Space Invaders” to run on that 8×8 matrix too….Usual setup of 74HC595 shift registers (x3) and ULN2803 NPN tr… Continue reading

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