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Colossus Sequencer and Synth, it’s been too long …

Colossus Synth
Colossus Synth
Colossus Sequencer
Colossus Sequencer

I actually got these two working a long time ago, and they do work quite well, if being a bit limited, but they’re fun and that’s fine.

However, I was thinking the other day that I should give it a go with some of the other little modular things I have. The colossus sequencer has a CV out so should work with some of my other bits and pieces.

There’s an experiment or two in there I think.

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Then I found my old VL-1 MIDIfier kit!

VL1 MIDIfier kit
VL1 MIDIfier kit

I was looking for something else when I found this! I knew, or at least I seemed to remember that I’d bought one of these ages ago. Well I’ve found it and I’m planning to get it going soon(-ish). Ideally I’d like to get it running so that I can get it to work with my VL1 bot. We’ll see about that.

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That’s what happens when you find a vintage computer

My name in lights
My name in lights

This is what used to happen when you found a computer anywhere. Of course sometimes the actual words were less appropriate, if you know what you mean.

What you do when you see a vintage computer running basic
What you do when you see a vintage computer running basic

Simple but effective …

A bit of vintage computing
A bit of vintage computing

A nice collection. I wouldn’t mind that lot myself!

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Spending some more time with the Olegtron

Olegtron 4060
Olegtron 4060

I do like my Olegtron. It’s a load of fun, but the results haven’t been too predictable. Normally that’s fine. In fact I like the idea of sounds that surprise, but on the other hand it’s nice to be able to plan what you want to make and how it might work. Well in my most recent session with the Olegtron it’s actually been a little bit more predictable, and I think I’m starting to get the hang of how to get certain types of pattern out of it. Which is real progress for me.

So I expect to have some example videos up soon to show the latest sounds and patterns I’ve got from it.

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Getting the mCookie up and running

mCookie Microduino USB
mCookie Microduino USB

One of those tech things that can annoy you by just not doing what you want it to. But, at last I’ve got the basics up and running. It’s a nice kit though, with a lot of possibilities, and that’s what I’m really looking forward to now.

mCookie Microduino OLED screen and parts
mCookie Microduino OLED screen and parts

Especially what I might be able to do with the OLED screen, and also the speakers too.

mCookie Microduino components
mCookie Microduino components

The audio components look good too, and the audio stuff is going to be my focus, although bluetooth could be useful as well.

mCookie Microduino sensors
mCookie Microduino sensors

When I got this kit (quite a while ago now), I got the full range of sensors too.

mCookie instructions

So now I really need to get into reading this and then move forward.

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You have to love something like Serendipity

I can’t think why I really like this, but I do. I think it’s a lovely thing, but I really don’t know why. It doesn’t fit my ideas of utility at all. If you’ve no idea about what I’m talking about, then you should know that Serendipity is an app built on Spotify’s API which shows where two people are playing the same song at the same time anywhere in the world. It is quite amazing to watch, but, as far as I can tell it has no real purpose. Not that it needs it though.