I was recently giving a workshop in collaboration with STEIM and The Patching Zone at the CKC in Zoutermeer for their new Digital Arts Lab. The subjects to cover were Processing, Arduino, and basic circuit building – with some people who had very limited (or none at all) experience of programming or electronics, and all in two days! The workshop participants caught on to the logic of coding and building circuit very quickly, and with great enthusiasm. By the end of the second day (and despite some technical difficulties), we had built a number of arduino-synths with two controllable oscillators, a volume pot and tempo control. Unfortunately the breadboards we had to try and build them on were very small, which didn’t help teaching how to build the circuit. Since then, I’ve made a simpler design with more robust code, and changed the circuit diagram to match the tiny…

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