Saturday, September 20, 2014

Farnsworth

It's been a while since I've updated. I've been really busy teaching kids cool things that I haven't had time to finish the 4 instruments I've been working on for a while. I'm trying to finish them up before October 1st. I plan on selling them on Etsy. More information on that coming soon..

BUT!
FOR NOW! CHECK THIS OUT!

Back in February I traveled to my hometown of South Charleston, WV to help some friends of mine, Farnsworth, record an ALL ANALOG RECORD. No computers were used in the recording of this album! Except...for when they transferred the master copy to a computer so you could download it...
 Today is the official release of the RECORD!
YOU HEARD THAT RIGHT!
ALL ANALOG!
ON VINYL!
I never dreamed that there would be an album I played on and helped engineer being pressed to Vinyl. Super exciting!
You can check out the digital version of the album here:
https://soundcloud.com/twincousinsrecords/sets/farnsworth-live-it

I really like the song "Underwater" a lot.

There's a release party today at Sullivan's Records in Charleston WV today but if you would like to buy your own vinyl copy via the internet its going to be released on September 23. If you're interested go here:



Also you should check out the "Mr. Muck" effects pedal I made for Chris Vance of Farnsworth:
Mr. Muck!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

M3 AT ASSEMBLE!

HEY DO YOU HAVE A KID?
ARE YOU A KID?
LIKE MAKING THINGS?
COME TO M3 at Assemble in Garfield PA!

"Each week, a different artist or technologist will introduce a material, show students how they use the material, and lead them through a project. M3 classes will highlight Metal, Paper, Fabric, Found Materials, Electronics and Paint. Students will explore the properties of the materials with the instructors—How does it bend? How can you attach it to another material? What can I make with this?—before planning their own project. At the end of the class, children will have a take-home creation to share with the group.

Materials, Media and Me is Assemble’s newest program that uses an educational approach known as STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math). This way to think about learning explores the similar ways that scientists, makers and artists approach projects. “As educators, we plan and facilitate activities that highlight overlaps between these seemingly unrelated academic disciplines,” explains board member and educator Ashley Andrykovitch. Assemble educators and staff will encourage students to think about what they want to express, plan and create a project, and share the results."

It's only $5!! SO SIGN UP!!!

http://www.eventbrite.com/o/assemble-1968013331
OR DROP IN!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Father's Day

Happy Fathers Day!
I wouldn't be doing what I'm doing today without all the projects we did in the past.
So thanks for.. letting me watch you re-finish furniture, help you work on old Volkswagens, re-finishing my drum set, catching the backyard on fire trying to get a seat post out of an old bicycle frame, taking me to flea markets/antique/junk stores, introducing me to rat fink, and all those other times you said "Don't tell your mother.."

Thursday, June 5, 2014

White Monarch Acid Raincloud-RAINBOWS AND WEIRDOS



Made this album a week ago when I was having trouble sleeping. All tracks created in Alchemy Mobile for iPhone. First track I made sounded like TOBAXXO so I named it NICOTEEN. As the project went along it kinda reminded me of a darker version of TOBAXXO's other band, Black Moth Super Rainbow, so I thought... what's the opposite?... and came up with.. White Monarch Acid Raincloud. I plan on going back and adding some real instruments on top of these tracks. Probably bass guitar and maybe some vocals. Alchemy is only a 4 track program so you are a little limited.. So take this as a work in progress:

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Apollo Live Noise Jam

Bells, circuit bent Speak and Spell, and a Casio keyboard running into a RC-20 Loop Station and some built in FX on a Line6 guitar amp spliced and layered with 16mm Apollo Space Program footage. Special thanks to my friend David Distilli who let me use his house, his amp, and for setting up his camera for me. The day before I got beat up by a bunch of kids near my house who tried to steal my money and this is how I dealt with it:

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Maker Corps!

Did I mention I'm Maker Corps Member?
I'll be working at Assemble in Garfield, PA this summer!
Got a kid? SIGN THEM UP FOR SUMMER CAMPS!
IT'S GOING TO BE AWESOME!

I'm also going to be doing a workshop on making instruments out of recycled and household materials at Assemble on June 20th @ 5PM
We're going to hook the instruments we make up to contact mics, effects pedals, and a looper to create even crazier sounds!
BE THERE!


Saturday, May 31, 2014


Found this in some old files. Made it for my friend Jordan for his birthday a way long time ago..

Also found this video.. Its of a patchable NAND GATE synth patched into a patchable circuit bent Barbie Karaoke machine:

Coming Soon


WT

I recently finished up a residency at Winchester Thurston School teaching eight graders how to make electric thumb pianos out of cigar boxes/bicycle spokes, modifying cassette tape players, and creating tape loops. It was a lot of fun! These are videos testing 2 classes tape players




More info on this project coming soon...

Friday, March 28, 2014

Circuit Bent Speak and Spell

CODENAME: PHONEHOME
I've been working on this Speak and Spell off and on for a month. I still have some cosmetic stuff to do to it, some final tweeks to some of the component values, and add body contacts which...I still kinda have to figure out because I'm running out of room for parts on the enclosure. I bought this thing several years back to bend but never really got around to it so somewhere within that time period and moving I lost the back cover so I created my own clear PET G cover by vacuforming the back cover of a Speak and Math I have. This device has a lot of sound possibilities. The 2 white knobs are 12 way switches. One switches between loop/hold points and the other between glitch points. The green button below each 12 way switch momentarily engages the bend and the toggle switch above the 12 way switch locks the bend in....This way you can kind of test and find sounds with the momentary button before engaging it with the toggle. The big silver and black knob controls the pitch/tempo of the instrument.  The switch on the right side of the S&S near the top is the POWER/RESET switch/ which has a green indicator LED connected to it to show you the S&S and the LFOs have power going to them. The 3 switches in the handle of the S&S from left to right are... another loop/hold that's more distorted and heavy than the loops on the 12 way switch. The next switch is a really high pitched drone that eventually will build and crash the machine. The other switch is a lower drone that follows the rhythm of the S&S. The toggle switch at the top left is another glitch switch that glitches are activated when you press the letter keys on the S&S. All other knobs and switches control a color changing LED. There are 3 sets of identical controls for each color...RED, GREEN, AND BLUE.  This is like having 3 LFOS(LFOs are LOW FREQUENCY OSCILLATORS!) control one aspect of the sound, which in this case is tempo/pitch. Each one of these colors has an on/off switch(located on the left side), a switch that toggles between flashing and steady on, a brightness knob, and a flash rate knob to control how fast the colors are changing. More info, photos, and videos coming soon as I finish it up. Also coming soon.......Weird time lapse video of me building a Circuit Bent Munchkin Cheer Leading Doll with built in 8 step sequencer. Some video and audio of me playing drums in the studio along with some of my electronic instruments, MORE TUTORIALS.





VIDEOS:












TUTORIALS!

Here are two tutorials I did for my residency at Winchester Thurston School.
The first is how to make an electric thumb piano using: Bicycle spokes, cigar boxes, and grounding bars. The second is on modifying/circuit bending tape players and creating cassette tape loops. Hope you enjoy and use these to make something yourself!

THUMB PIANOS TUTORIAL

MODIFIED TAPE PLAYER/TAPE LOOPS

Friday, March 21, 2014

WT

Lately I've been teaching 8th graders at Winchester Thurston School how to make electric thumb pianos! Next we are going to: modify tape players so we can control the speed and pitch of the tape, circuit bend them to make new weird sounds, add input jacks so we can use them as amplifiers for our thumb pianos, and create tape loops so we can use the tape recorders as samplers/loopers.

Here's some pictures of the thumb pianos!
They're made out of cigar boxes and recycled bicycle spokes!







Want to make your own Electric Thumb Piano?
Here's a tutorial I made!
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B67_Gz9Sh5PWTVhJRmlVT2ppZWc/edit?usp=sharing

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

New Things

Work in progress... 
Circuit Bent Speak and Spell
A lot of new things to come in the next couple weeks.



Thursday, January 23, 2014

Circuit Bent Doll Sequencer

Creating a tutorial/Video on how to create this instrument currently. More info coming soon:

Thursday, January 9, 2014

The Thief

In honor of Jimmy Page's birthday who became very wealthy from stealing other peoples music please enjoy this album about Jimmy Page being a monster in space that steals the electrons of everything he can find. Inspired by an argument and true story!
Album covers and inserts created by shining a laser pointer into an iPhone camera.
This album was created in Alchemy Mobile for iPhone over the course of a couple days when I had a lot of problems sleeping. Make sure you read the descriptions of each song. Each song tells a part of the story with sound. The descriptions and song titles help you visualize the scenes happening. This images were created by shining a laser pointer into an iPhone camera.

http://soundcloud.com/drjatari/sets/the-thief/





http://soundcloud.com/drjatari/sets/the-thief/

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Dr. Jatari's Floating Cloud Experiments Vol. 1

What started as wanting to trade tracks and being inspired by my good friend Ben Lamb (Prof. Bentendo) to create electronic music digitally turned into something completely different. Over the last two weeks I've been really anxious. Every time I started to get weird or couldn't sleep I'd create a new track and now... I have 16 tracks and 56 min of music and sounds. All tracks made or recorded with an iPhone.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Circuit Bent Furby

My friend David Distili shot and edited this video together of my Circuit Bent Furby.


Sunday, December 1, 2013

OPPERATION ORGAN DONOR

OPPERATION ORGAN DONOR:
Saved this organ from being thrown away. Going to use parts of it to make synthesizers and the circuit boards to make decorative lamps.