Musical Electronics Library

Auckland, New Zealand


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plz help mel

Do you have an old guitar pedal just lying around your house? Want to help out an awesome community project? The Musical Electronics Library needs your donations! MEL is looking for guitar pedals, or any musical equipment, in any condition. It doesn’t matter if it’s broken or ruined, we will take your fuzz boxes, keyboards, toys that make sound, anything we can potentially fix up and lend out as part of our free library collection. Get in touch! Email kraus [AT] kraus [DOT] co [DOT] nz or drop donations to the Audio Foundation, sub-basement of the Parisian Tie Factory, 4 Poynton Terrace, Auckland Central, Auckland. Thanks o(^・x・^)o

rushian bangor


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MEL LAUNCH

MEL will now launch on the 16th November 2014, as part of the Audio Foundation Nowhere Festival.

The MEL collection will be displayed at the Old Folks Ass. Hall, Gundry St, Newton, Auckland from 1:30 on the afternoon of the 16th. At 2pm there will be a performance by the MEL Orchestra, where members of the MEL volunteer team perform improvised raw electronic sounds using items from the MEL collection.

Come along and check out the library, it’s a real library now, with catalog numbers and everything!!

big push


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Circuit Scribe: Draw electronic circuits where the drawings work electronically, you see?

Conductive silver pens have been around for ages, but this Circuit Scribe project, they claim it’s easier to draw with, and they made magnetised components to go with it. So you can draw a circuit and stick components onto the traces magnetically. Seems like a good idea for teaching kids the principles of basic electronics. Also maybe you could make your own magnetic components, or just stick them on there some other way. And then make pretty pictures that have sound and flashing lights. Good for an exhibition at the Audio Foundation?


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Workshop: Build a Light-Controlled Oscillator

On Saturday the 17th May at 1pm we will be running a workshop at the Audio Foundation. In this workshop you will be provided with a circuit-board, electronic components, and guidance necessary to build an oscillator whose pitch and volume are controlled by light. You can play this instrument theremin-style by moving your hands near the light-sensors, or put it in moving shadows or near flashing lights for automatic control. The circuit-board is specially designed to fit into a tin can.
light theremin Prototype
This workshop is suitable for beginners. We can teach you how to solder.
Only $40 including materials! Get in touch right now if you want to participate, space is limited. Email kraus [AT] kraus [dot] [co] [dot] [nz]
 do it
Thanks, see you soon!?


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Alco-phono

Idea for a new instrument:

You can get these alcohol sensors

mq303and I was thinking, an idea for an instrument would be a thing where you had to blow into a tube and the sensor checks how much alcohol is in your breath. If you haven’t had enough to drink the instrument makes no sound. Keep drinking and try again, now you’re drunk enough and it starts to make sound.