Friday, 25 May 2018

The Courgette Set

My potted courgettes have just started fruiting - hurray !

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Pistols At Dawn

I discovered that my bat detector picks up processor noise from my Tascam DR44 so I decided to start work on a new microphone array - like a stereo bar, only wider. The grip is actually taken from an old grill pan. The shockmount is made from a drainpipe fitting, and somewhere in the workshop is a nice bit of aluminium for the crossbar


Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Mr Soft

I bought one of these Softpots a few months ago with the view to making a simple ribbon controller. After casting around for a nice flat bit of hardwood, I settled on an offcut of the strip shelving that I seem to use on everything. The softpot is wired to a TRS jack

Monday, 7 May 2018

Unit Operator

I finally got around to making a case for my sine to square wave converter (aka distortion unit). The face plate comes from an old military surplus morse key and the case is made from some old strip shelving that I've used on nearly a dozen projects

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Leaner Lovage

The lovage is ready for picking, so I went out a cut a few fronds for drying. So you could say it's now looking a little leaner. The toobs, tender at this time of year, were chopped up and frozen

And my lucky number is 23


Monday, 30 April 2018

Wyld Scallyns

Okay, more likely wild garlic, but I was still pretty impressed that it managed to travel about two feet from the wild garlic patch. I quickly repotted it ready to replant later in the year

Saturday, 28 April 2018

Beech Leaf Noyau

The beech has been coming into leaf this week, so it's Noyau time !

Friday, 27 April 2018

Let's Do The Time Warp Again..?

...Or...   ...The Beast From The East...

I picked up this little beauty through VEMIA recently, the Korg DL8000R. It's a little known but really nice sounding delay with a pretty idiosyncratic operating system. Once you 'get it' (which might take some time) it's a really powerful machine

Saturday, 7 April 2018

From Industrial To Agricultural

I still have a load of these old compilation albums floating around, so decided to put them to better use in the garden to scare off the pigeons who have managed to get to my Japanese Spinach

Thursday, 8 March 2018

Filter Fun

I've a bit of a panel backlog at the moment due to the cold weather. Yesterday I finally got around to finishing the classic Moog passive filter set. As it's just a bunch of capacitors and two resistors (and a switch) it's something I've been meaning to do for quite a while

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

You're So Square

While it was snowing today, I took the opportunity to put together a completely passive sine wave to square wave converter. Why do I need one of these ?

Because this is where distortion lives...

Sunday, 4 February 2018

The Horror...

Not tomatoes this time but HTML. I finally edited down and posted the entire Un! back catalogue. You can find it here

Thursday, 1 February 2018

Tuberosa Time Again

They've been in the ground long enough, time to harvest the Oca

Saturday, 27 January 2018

Reyt Hundred

I recently found a cheap Roland RE-800 on eBay, it's one of those lost digital effects from the early 90's. Designed as a successor to the Space Echo but before they cottoned on to the value of that brand. The tech specs don't give much away but it's a very simple to use, tweakable and pleasing set of effects. And nowhere near as noisy as say a Quadraverb. Here's a one take test:

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Evil Tomatoes


Still evil (or maybe just slightly menacing)