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Terry Riley’s In C for Arduino with the Fluxamasynth

Terry Riley's In C on Arduino

I’m a fan of experimental composer Terry Riley (try some of his organ work like Shri Camel to get started), so it seemed natural to try to adapt his 1964 algorithmic composition “In C” for the Arduino with our Fluxamasynth Shield.

In C was written for 20 to 35 players. Each player works their way through 53 short phrases, listening to the other players and following the rules of the score. The basic structural rules are that a player repeats a phrase as long as they like before moving to the next. Players always move forward through the score, and the piece is finished when everyone reaches the end, which usually takes around 40 minutes at the recommended tempo.


You can get the complete score at the Petrucci Music Library. Or read on to see the Arduino version.

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By Shawn on October 11, 2016.

New Products: A New Fluxamasynth, the Noisemusick Kit, and some art

newproducts1We have some new products to announce at Modern Device; the most exciting is the new version 3 of the Fluxamasynth Shield, a 64 voice polyphonic synthesizer for Arduino. We updated the synth to the new SAM2695 chip, much better filters, and a new microphone input. Check it out in the shop.


Another new feature is an optional 5-pin DIN thu jack and MIDI-compliant optoisolated connection (see variant above).


The Noisemusick Kit has been around since 2009 or so but recently received some improvements. It is a fun, chaotic square wave generator that is triggered by IR light and your skin’s resistance. It’s a good Learn To Solder project, only $25 in the Music/Sound/Noise section of the shop.

In the Merchandise section we’ve added two pieces of artwork: a bumper sticker from the OTPC project (to complement our theremin merit badge) and a four color silkscreen poster of an Arduino. More posters coming soon, since we have a silkscreen studio right next door!



By Shawn on January 17, 2016.