Materials from the meeting

Travis Thatcher's reading list

The Art of Electronics - Amazon link. Great reference for all sorts of analog and digital circuits, and some of the theory behind them.

Electronic Projects for Musicians - Amazon link. Awesome book by Craig Anderton with tons of simple guitar pedal circuits. Great for beginners.

Handmade Electronic Music - By Nicolas Collins. Another good resource that starts simple and covers everything from circuit bending, to simple circuits, to building new instruments with sensors. Another great one for beginners.

The Engineer's Mini-Notebook 555 Timer IC Circuits - Amazon link. Lots of simple circuits based around the 555 timer chip.

Freeside Resources

PDF of the presentation

Once again, people are highly encouraged to sign up on the waiting list:

Here are the resources from last night:
#freesideatl on freenode
FreeSide planning meeting at Manuel’s every Monday evening @ 7:30pm

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

7:30 p.m. at WonderRoot (directions)

Speakers: Travis Thatcher, Scott Driscoll and Beth Milliken

Beth Milliken
Freeside Atlanta non-profit Hackerspace

Freeside is a new Atlanta based non-profit Hackerspace - encouraging collaboration and innovation across hardware and software disciplines without the constraints of corporations or academia.

Travis Thatcher/Scott Driscoll
The Voice of Saturn, DIY modular synthesizer and

Travis (recompas) will demo and explain the ideas behind his Voice of Saturn synthesizer system, which has been released and supported by Scott Driscoll of Curious Inventor. Travis will also discuss general diy practices and tips on getting into diy electronics.

Scott will demo a lighted touch controller called Stribe, which can be used for anything from a touchable VU meter to a scrubbing sampler. All the software is written in max/msp and much of the hardware is supported by an Arduino board.

Travis Thatcher has been active in the Atlanta experimental music scene since arriving in 2000 to attend Georgia Tech. His interest in electronics and electronic music, particularly dealing with analog synthesizers, lead him to begin experimenting with building his own devices.

Scott Driscoll runs a DIY kit company called He went to school at GaTech to study mechanical engineering and music technology, and has spent his life creating an assortment of strange gadgetry, for example, a telnet operated door opener, a robot that plays the drums with people, and a play-station to MIDI box.

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