We will be running a workshop at Thonk in Brighton for those who want to learn how to build the Fort Processor!!
We are very happy to announce that you can now buy the fort processor as a complete DIY kit from Thonk:
Coming up at Hackoustic will be a special presentation of our Fort Processor. We will talk about the design process and the building of the synth, problems we encountered, troubleshooting and the final product. This will include a demonstration of the synth and the opportunity to try it out.
I like the idea that the Fort Processor is a mutation like those described in this quote.
Stanislaw Lem - Solaris
How this ties in with the Fort Processor may seem fairly obvious. The disruption of signals and fragmented frequencies was something that we hoped we could achieve with this synth.
In other news, we have the radio part of the circuit working very well now, amplified/distorted using a CD4049 Hex Inverter (another classic creative misuse of an IC, as popularised in Nicolas Collins book Handmade Electronic Music). It picks up both noise and discernible radio signals in an interestingly chaotic way and is highly playable by touching the circuit or even waving hands over it.
For our general research into radio-electronics-as-noise-instruments, and low-voltage tube amplifier + distortion circuits, radio expert Mike Kana very kindly sent us a wealth of rare and interesting vintage components which will be very useful for future Isn'tses circuits! Thanks Mike!
changed the resistor for a diode. In the making, getting ideas down for the synth we are building. As part of our performance at Fort Process this year Isn'tses are designing a percussive noise synth in the form of Newhaven Fort. Follow our progress and contribute ideas at https://isntses.weebly.com/blog #blogging #pcb #synthdesign #noisemusic #fortprocess #fortprocess2018 #breadboard #diyelectronics #experimentalelectronics #oscillator
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We researched some of the ways that body contact can affect pitch.
Martin Howse, who designed the Micro-blackdeath and the Dark Interpreter which we have used extensively in Isn'tses performances. Great sounding and highly original instruments with esoteric and alchemical concepts behind them.
Radio was very important during the world wars when Newhaven Fort was an active military site so we have been looking for inspiration at wartime radios. The rugged and often improvised DIY construction of these devices is reminiscent of the aesthetic of our own noise instruments. Below is a collage of interesting things we found on radio devices and some of our video hardware imagery.
We've modified the diagram to show our idea for having touch control pads and a diagram of the chip we are wanting to use: