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Why I really got back into electronics

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Why I really got back into this hobby

A few weeks ago, I stumbled on a DIY synthesizer community based on synthesizers called "Lunettas" (after Stanley Lunetta, the guy who pioneered the process). I'll let you read about it if you're interested.

Intro to Lunetta CMOS Synthesizers

Lunetta on Breadboard

Basically, Lunettas are CMOS-based (usually) integrated circuits that are setup to generate clock frequencies within the range of human hearing. The circuits are created using very inexpensive chips containing "oscillators", very much like the more expensive Moog or Eurorack alternatives (one Lunetta CMOS with six oscillators costs less than $0.50 while a single simple Eurorack oscillator costs about $150). However, the sound from Eurorack modules is more "mature" and musical, while Lunettas tend to be a bit "beepy" and chaotic.

An example of a Lunetta Synth

WARNING! Obnoxious beeping ahead!

I hope to change that by removing the annoying beeping sounds from the resulting output of my Lunetta device and replacing them with more musical results.

The possibilities are endless when you combine CMOS-based (along with some passive components to change clock frequencies driving the components) with a Raspberry Pi and software.

I have a lot of ideas, but every time I get a new Idea, I research the underlying theory and get caught up in the science of it all. The idea behind Lunettas is that they're supposed to be experimental and a way to just play around with circuitry to make cool sounds. I'm applying an enormous amount of brain energy thinking of ways to control the sounds based on theories like the General Theory of Generative Music (GTTM).

Honestly, I just need to sit down and play with these circuits before I can build my ultimate "smart" machine that "composes" its own music.

One of my biggest desires in life is to create a machine that can create art based on minor inputs from me and a little guidance along the way. I want it to "learn" how to listen to music, develop its own "tastes" and then create "music" based on what it has "learned". All of those words in quotes are because I'm not really trying to build a self-realizing AI, I just want to build a machine that creates art.
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