Eileen sent off for her first packet of seeds when she was 8, from Suttons there was a send for a sample cutout in the Radio Times, her lifelong passion for anything that grows had begun.
Gradually my philistine'ism faded and now I make the occasional image, the posts above made me think, finding pt3r 's drones and his advice concerning the right modules, will help me into turning still images like this into a video.
My name is Thom Blane (previously Aethia who started this thread ), I am the artist working alongside Sam to create the Biodata Sonification module for AE Modular. Just wanted to send some updates re the progress of the module:
The Biodata Sonification module will now be officially known only as the 'Organon' Given the nature of the modules ability to give inanimate organic objects a voice, I did some research into the etymology of the word "Organic". Turns out it was pretty interesting..
"organic (adj.): 1510s, "serving as a means or instrument," from Latin organicus, from Greek organikos "of or pertaining to an organ, serving as instruments or engines," from Organon "instrument"".
"Organon /ˈɔːɡ(ə)nɒn/. noun: an instrument of thought, especially a means of reasoning or a system of logic."
Therefore, the Organon was born.
Sam has produced a beautiful prototype, which you'll be pleased to hear is playing great with the AE Modular system. In Sam's words " this is the 'dev module' which has the Eurorack jacks and all in a 3d printed case with a usb cable unceremoniously strung out the back". There are some tweaks to be made, especially in terms of the module size/fitting everything in such a compact space. I will leave sam to answer any questions on the technical side of things. However, here's a look at the current prototype within my setup, powered here by a Jade Plant:
Whilst Sam has been busy doing the hard stuff, I have been prototyping some frontplate designs. The core design will silkscreened with white ink on a black board. We would also like to include copper resist on the L/R side of the module to allow for hands on interaction with the module, and LEDs down the middle which are seen ’through’ the board, to notify when a gate/note is being triggered. The play on words continues with the inputs/knobs: Blossom = Threshold control, Matter = Probes Jack Input. The Organon title is set in an unreleased typeface custom designed by myself. These designs are still in the very conceptual stages, but here is a sneak peak:
I was fortunate enough to have played a live show in Copenhagen last weekend and I was able to integrate the "Organon" into my performance, using a living block of King Oyster Mushrooms as my musical counterparts. Here the module were used to send Note CV to a pair of oscillators, which were mixed in the MM33, and sent out through various FX and Filters. As my performance was already pre-planned and rehearsed prior to receiving the module, (and my modular was nearly fully patched!) it wasn't front and centre of the performance, rather just to provide some extra ambience. Once I am done with this current patch, I plan to reset my Modular and find more creative ways of testing the Organon. Me performing an ambient meditation with the Organon in Copenhagen:
I just sent out the manufacturer designs for the version 6 of this module, hopefully this will be the production version and we can start making some available. The DAC quad chip that I use is still mostly unobtainable, but I've got enough parts to make a couple.
I have tried some clever things to make the board stack fit into the tight AE modular case dimensions. Having the module be a couple millimeters to deep it's still the biggest risk on the AE design. Perhaps for this run of prototypes users would put up with the module sitting slightly proud. Another solution would be moving to all SMD components. We also have a nice design for eurorack panel, but I don't want to offend any friends on this forum
Thanks for the idea rodney I just made some last second modifications to the boards, cut out a big hole where the AE power connector will sit, and popped a 'single row' of 5 pin header on the back of the middle board. I'm hopeful that the cut out in the brain circuit board is big enough to accept a power cable. I was really worried about the fitment for the AE format, but I am very hopeful now that Thom sent me some more photos of his case and connectors.
It'll be a couple weeks before the boards arrive from overseas, and i'm sure thom and i will do a media blast when i get some spun up. We will be sure to pop back into this thread to offer some modules to the community.
Quick update on the Organon biodata sonification module. The latest prototypes for both AE and Eurorack formats featuring the latest board design by sam and frontplate design by me, have been manufactured and are in the process of being assembled! Here are some shiny new images of the tiny beast
Organon for AE Modular:
Organon for Eurorack:
You can checkout Sam's instagram post for more info!:
Due to chip shortages there unfortunately won't be a large amount available over the next year, however there will be a handful of AE modules available from this run which will be available first and foremost to people who are interested on the forum! So let us know if you are especially interested in the Organon
P.s. If there are any AE friends from Munich, I will be playing two live performances on 13th + 14th January with my AE system and the new Organon module! I would love to meet some of you there Event info is here: fb.me/e/2fD0dykL9
I haven't received my AE modular starter setup yet (should be fairly soon though I hope!).
however this is exactly the kind of module I would be extremely interested in! The design of the faceplate looks really beautiful as well! Watching this thread eagerly to see what you can do with it and when it might be possible to purchase one
Thank you both ampersands and williamrobin ! We're stoked with how the design turned out, especially considering all the tiny details!
ampersands I'm hoping to record my performance in Munich in full length, maybe even live stream, just waiting to confirm with the venue. Will keep you updated Also the 'Party Mirror' is a photo from sam rig, so I have no idea what it does... I would also love to know haha
williamrobin So great you're interested! And welcome to the AE gang, you're going to love your system I'm sure! Will keep you posted on developments with the Organon
Thanks thomblane and everyone for your great feedback! I need to find some time and spin up a bunch of the biodata boards. the AE module of the Organon is not a quick build, and for some reason i always try to use 1206 SMD parts on through hole foot prints to fit the tight space constraints (AE depth). I always tell myself that i should design with the smd footprints, but i want to ensure my designs can be through hole whenever possible for diy kits. After this first short run is assembled, I'll consider kitting up some ... but i often find that kits get sold to inexperienced builders and the result is lots of emails and customer sadness ... so i just build and test the shiz myself and everyone is happier.
The DAC chip is still unobtanium and I've been ordering Adafruit breakout boards, but of course a breakout board on the DAC might work for eurorack but will not fit the AE module depth constraints. I know it sounds like i'm whining about chips, and truly I am. I've been totally spoiled by ample and easily acquirable chips over the past decade, and now that i actually have something i want to build i can't get the sauce!
I promise that Thom and I will pop back in here to offer the AE units to friends first. I gotta build them all, see how far the parts go, and figure out the price, we will be sure to have percentage go to a natural preservation/educational charity. I will also post up the schematics and code on my github, but probably only share the boards and artwork by request to friends. There's no secrets in open-source, and i've been cloned before
ampersands The Party Mirror is my infinity mirror module for eurorack. It contains two CV inputs, a menu button (with RGB led), and a parameter knob. Using an arduino promicro (32u4 @16mhz) the mirror box contains a strip of neopixel rgb leds which provide a light show bouncing between two plexi mirrors, 7-16 repeats. In my mini rack case the party mirror also controls other strips of RGB Leds at the top and bottom of my case. I use it as a 'one dimensional oscilloscope' and use colors to represent voltages, with the knob to control the sample rate, the colored dots 'move down the line' and around the mirror, creating an informative light show. I never got to produce many of these due to the mirror box being 'hard to build'. Now that i'm better at 3d printing i should have another go at making the mirror box, i have a bunch of the circuit boards printed and mirrors cut. It really looks swell in practice.