HMMM Update

May 20th, 2010 by noiseislife

I’m going to break from the monthly schedule for upcoming HMMM events.  My life is going to be getting more complicated in the coming months culminating with a move to Wisconsin.  My job will still be located in Minneapolis so it is my intention to continue with HMMM, but I need finer control of the schedule.

I will be scheduling HMMM4 in the coming days, please let me know if you have something to contribute or any ideas for fun activities.  Also let me know if you are a performer or know of anyone that would like to perform (or jam) at a HMMM event.

Noise is Life.

HMMM3 Report

May 13th, 2010 by noiseislife

Handmade Music: Minneapolis #3 was a success. More than 25 people showed up for the GetLoFi workshop. Alex Deeba and Micheal Una did an awesome job helping people build sweet 555 touch control synths. We also had an unexpected visit from Mickey Delp from Austin, he is a regular at Handmade Music Austin. Mickey brought some of his creations to share with us including his newborn kit called the Bender Sequencer. I bought the very first one of his kits which I have been having fun with.

Here are some pictures from hmmm3.

Handmade Music: Minneapolis #2 – Report

April 6th, 2010 by noiseislife

Time for a belated report on the second Handmade Music: Minneapolis aka HMMM #2.

We had another fun event.  Many people made Ed Vogel’s cookie box guitars and Nick H passed out some contact mics so people could plug in their creations.  Nick also brought all of his gear and jammed with a couple other attendees.  Roger W had some technical difficulties with his instrument of choice, but pulled some other stuff together and made some good noise with Nick.  He was even using some samples from the recordings done at the previous HMMM.  Other highlights: Mike C’s projects including a rack mountable Atari Punk Console and sequencer, Alex D’s calculator keypad synth and Ed’s cool little hacked boom box amp.  I also demonstrated my MIDI sequenced VidiSynth seen above.

Plans have begun for HMMM #3 which will be on Saturday, May 1st (change of date to accommodate Alex D).  Please let me know if you have anything you would like to contribute or have any other ideas.

Handmade Music: Minneapoilis #2

March 11th, 2010 by noiseislife

The next Handmade Music: Minneapolis is Thursday, March 25th.


  • Ed Vogel is going to talk about his Cigar Box Guitars.
  • Pat Arneson is going to demonstrate his VidiSynth/VidiSeq project.


  • Ed is also going to bring supplies so that we can build some one string girl scout cookie box guitars.
  • Noise and Tell – Bring your projects or favorite noisemakers and show them off and jam with others.


  • Roger Williams
  • Pelzwik

If you are interested in performing or doing a presentation, please let me know. lifeisnoise at gmail.

Here are a couple fliers.  Feel free to print some out and distribute them at events or other appropriate locations (click through for printable images).

Pure Data Tutorials

March 6th, 2010 by noiseislife

I found a series of Pure Data tutorials on YouTube, so I created a playlist of them all.