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The by-no-means-subtle flash and racket of Zippy’s squarewave cylinder –

…here’s my brand new homemade analog synth, inspired by the Thingamagoop, but designed from scratch by Zippy. It’s controlled by three mercury tilt-switches and of course, buttons-and-knobs. Fun to play! The sound changes as you rotate the thing. It’s brain is seven square-wave oscillators: three for the “notes,” three for the blinky lights, and one for the “tremolo” mod. The whole thing mounts on a round, blank circuit board and fits inside this acrylic rocks-glass I got at Lucky’s!!!! 1/4″ output also installed to crank-it-up and annoy the neighbors.


Collin Cunningham

Collin Cunningham

Born, drew a lot, made video, made music on 4-track, then computer, more songwriting, met future wife, went to art school for video major, made websites, toured in a band, worked as web media tech, discovered electronics, taught myself electronics, blogged about DIY electronics, made web videos about electronics and made music for them … and I still do!

  • Chuck Bartowski

    Looks like an early prototype of the cypher!