handmade
electronic
instruments

by Michael Rucci

DEVICE 0042
Completed:
November, 2011
Location:
Vienna, Austria (1of6)
Philadelphia, PA (2of6)
Bensalem, PA (3of6)
Deerfield, IL (4of6)
Bristol, TN (5of6)
Los Angeles, CA (6of6)

 

Built inside a jar, this synthesizer has a square-wave oscillator as well as sweeping LFO modulation effect. The pitch and speed are controlled by outside light sources hitting the two light sensors inside so there is a lot of room for experimenting.

All of the components are built in a three dimensional floating circuit that comes down from the lid of the jar.

A yellow LED pulsates in time. There is a single switch on top for power which is supplied by 9v battery, and a 1/4" output jack that makes it easy to connect to amps, effects, or recording equipment.

This was hand-built in a series of six.

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