The Challenger II is an optical theremin, built out of a floppy drive, an Express for Men 1MX dress shirt, and other spare parts.
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The Von Braun XV is a synthesizer, originally built in 2007. The circuit is a modified 556 IC APC circuit, originally designed by Forrest M. Mims in 1980 and called the ‘Sound Synthesizer’. This particular circuit was modified by Beavis Audio Research for use with a line output. The Von Braun is housed in a painted cigar… Continue Reading →
The Richmond Area Gear Expo (RAGE!) was an eclectic mix of luthiers, guitar pedal makers, and talented musicians. I had a table with some noise instruments (Von Braun VIII and X, reporting for duty) and my ring mod guitar. I was invited by Natalie Quick, who works at Fan Guitar and Ukulele, a great store… Continue Reading →
The Von Braun IX is a simple optical theremin, built into an older jewelry box. The front oculus acts as a shield for the optic sensor located directly behind it. The optic sensor also doubles as an oscillator, and the output is hardwired into a stereo amplifier, which is fed into the 3 speakers… Continue Reading →