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PostPosted: Sun Apr 29, 2012 8:39 am    Post subject: Freeform Lunetta Sculptures
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Im real new to DIY and Lunetta and Ive kind of stumbled on freeforming circuiits mainly because I only have a small breadboard to work with and no skillz of using perf or etching.
Today I built 2 40106 osc in freeform and was wondering if anyone here has done the same kind of thing with their lunetta. The results were quite aesthetically pleasing.
Still trying to work out how to up an image here but will try again later with pics of my creations.
Id like to see example of yours if you have them.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 29, 2012 9:15 am    Post subject: Re: Freeform Lunetta Sculptures
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welcome nathanxl

There are a couple of ways to use images ... you can attach image files to a post you make here, or you can upload the images on some server or image sharing site and then link to them using the PHPBB IMG tags (like [img]http://www.example.com/folder/image.jpg[/img] )

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 29, 2012 1:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Thats nostalgic Smile I used to free-form everything but not anymore, stripboard is so much easier. I've once seen a free-formed photo sensitive circuit mounted inside a light bulb so that would be a cool looking thing to do with a free formed circuit.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2012 4:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Thanks for the welcome and tips for upping pics Blue Hell.

@ JingleJoe. If you have any pics of your freeformed circuits from yee olde days of yore Id love to see them.

Although not as easy as stripboard, freeforming is beautiful in a minimalist way, I like it and may make a complete unit with this method.
I too did see a circuit somewhere online inside a light globe, years ago, Ive been collecting blown globes ever since in hope to use them once I learned how to use a soldering iron.

That day is getting closer hopefully, Ive made my first Lunetta blocks!!!

2x 40601
3 Osc and 3 LFOs each.

I bought a bigger breadboard today and now have the Mighty 8bit Cipher Gate Sequencer build notes in hand! It looks mad. Check it out at :
http://www.sdiy.org/pinky/data/data.html
If this works Im gonna freeform that sucker too.

Id love to see everyone elses freeformed circuits!


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2012 4:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

I was waiting for some photos to show up in this thread and now I am amazed. Those are really beautiful!
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2012 4:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Nice to see a different approach. How do you intend to patch modules together? Small alligator leads? Also, check out Peter Vogel's work if you haven't done so already. You can see some here:

http://www.bitforms.com/peter-vogel.html#id=7&num=2

There was some discussion on this topic here too:

http://electro-music.com/forum/post-88597.html
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2012 4:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Are they SIL strips going along the edges of the IC?
If these are for interconnections, I'd recommend using machined pin SIL strips. Mainly for their reliability over time/insertions.
They also look really nice, especially the gold plated ones! Very Happy
I'm mainly posting here so I can get TRNs and check out everybody's "air wiring".
I've done a bit of this in the past, and incorporated into sculpture etc.
I've also done some very specky PCB mods and repairs using the skills learnt while doing these little solder constructions.
It's got a bit of a steam punk feel to it as well, which I really like. Reminds me of the wiring inside TV sets from the 50s and 60s, which were all discreet components, wired from tagstrip to tagstrip. Beautiful!! Surprised
It's amazing how quickly equipment from certain technological eras (10yrs each) are already being seen as different categories of "antique" craftsmanship.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2012 5:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

like!
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2012 5:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Ah I see... You have sockets there! I didn't notice them at first. Looks like you are in the process of making the smallest Lunetta ever! Shocked
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2012 6:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

wow !!
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2012 7:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Wow Very Happy , Thanks for the support and kind words, this really is a nice place. Will definately be taking this further with my Lunetta excursions. Be nice to use this place so anyone interested in Freeforming can find a lot of stuff in one place
Those links are great and that Peter Vogels work is fantastic, will definately look more into it, lots of stuff to learn from the master.
Also after some searching there is a contempary Vogels equivilant and his name is Phil Stearns... Great work too.
http://www.steim.org/projectblog/2007/09/27/aann-a-steim-residency-project-report-by-phil-stearns/

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Are they SIL strips going along the edges of the IC?
If these are for interconnections, I'd recommend using machined pin SIL strips. Mainly for their reliability over time/insertions.
They also look really nice, especially the gold plated ones! Very Happy
I'm mainly posting here so I can get TRNs and check out everybody's "air wiring".
I've done a bit of this in the past, and incorporated into sculpture etc.
I've also done some very specky PCB mods and repairs using the skills learnt while doing these little solder constructions.
It's got a bit of a steam punk feel to it as well, which I really like. Reminds me of the wiring inside TV sets from the 50s and 60s, which were all discreet components, wired from tagstrip to tagstrip. Beautiful!! Surprised
It's amazing how quickly equipment from certain technological eras (10yrs each) are already being seen as different categories of "antique" craftsmanship.

Thanks for the tip Uncle Krunkus, will search out some machined pin SIL strips. I would love to see some of your "air/space wiring", especially if you have been doing it for some time. Please post them up.[/url]
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PostPosted: Tue May 01, 2012 3:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Heres that image JingleJoe mentioned and I was inspired by... Lovely idea.
http://kokeellisenelektroniikanseura.blogspot.com.au/2007/04/apc-space-wired-10.html


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PostPosted: Tue May 01, 2012 4:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Nice work! And welcome Very Happy .
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PostPosted: Tue May 01, 2012 6:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Good job finding that picture and nice work so far. I'd have been much more 3-dimensional in my construction though; capacitors and resistors going everywhere like a drunken spiders web. Laughing
Nevertheless, I love what you are doing here and I'd like to hear/see some of these in a video of them being played Very Happy

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PostPosted: Wed May 02, 2012 8:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Just wanted to mention this project by one of our fellow lunetta-ists drOffset:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/droffset/sets/72157626026727877/with/5480928571/

and I recently found this on a blog somewhere, amazing!
http://runawaybrainz.blogspot.com/2012/04/audio-crystal-cmoy-freeform-headphone.html

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PostPosted: Wed May 02, 2012 2:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Great links tjookum!
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PostPosted: Wed May 02, 2012 6:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Yes nice links indeed.
Jee that Olli Suorlahti from www.koelse.org does some really fun Lunetta Space Wiring stuff. A few pics on Flickr
http://www.flickr.com/photos/anttia/260443746/in/pool-21667895@N00/


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hey Nathan Surprised


A synth I built for DJ Wobblyman about 10 years ago was designed so the components and connections formed a skin/veins over a plastic head.
Once completed all the parts and wiring were painted with fluoro paint and the whole lot covered in silastic spikes. It looked incredible in clubs when the UVs were on, of course the eyes pulsed with the midi trigger.

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some from the late Mr Williams:


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PostPosted: Thu May 03, 2012 8:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Crazy stuff Andrew, wish I could hear how that plastic head sounds! Thanks.
I did not know of Mr Williams, what a guru! I may buy the book. BTW Your 8 Bit Cipher circuit is about to be made in freeform stylee.

Just discovered Ralf Schreiber. Solar powered Lunetta anyone?
http://www.mediamatic.net/96923/en/schmelzolan-prototype-picture-by-ralf-schreiber


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PostPosted: Fri May 25, 2012 4:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

I have moved along slowly with my Freeformed Lunetta but Ill post up the results of my progress for you to peruse. Ive learnt a lot recently.
Have used the machined SIP connectors as advised and although robust and stylish they clamp down a little too hard on the Breadboard jumper leads so Ive had to file them down a little or make up my own.
Im building an 8string Lunetta Guitar as a project to teach myself DIY electronics, Schematic reading, Boolean Logic and Modular Synthesis all at the same time.
This Lunetta Guitar will have the freeform modules laid out on a grounded Brass frame between each of the necks. I plan to stick to a 50mm x 50mm format for each module.
Here is a short vid of it in action with extra info if interested:
http://youtu.be/p1keI6NYp9U

Some pictures of the modules so far:


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PostPosted: Fri May 25, 2012 4:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

They look wonderful Surprised I wonder what they sound like, can we get some sound clips? Smile
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PostPosted: Fri May 25, 2012 5:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Thanks JJ
At the moment these modules are used to drive the plectrum motors for the 8string Lunetta Guitar. As they are they only sequence gates for motors and are not used to produce sounds themselves. Next step is to build sound modules that are controlled by the same 8Bit Cipher Gate Sequencer. Will put up sounds here when that eventuates.
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PostPosted: Fri May 25, 2012 6:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Freakin,
Beautiful work man.
You are obviously bringing a lot of experience and craftsmanship to bare on this new hobby! Cool Very Happy

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Sweet Cool Exclamation
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PostPosted: Sat May 26, 2012 6:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

nathanxl those look amazing!
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