Maker Shed video: Doomsday Sound Kit

Music Technology

I wrote about the Doomsday Sound Kit last week, but I didn’t make a video. Since the kit is all about sound, and circuit bending, I decided that I really should post a video. This kit is a great introduction to soldering, circuit-bending, and hacking. I had a lot of fun building this kit, and the sounds you can generate are really interesting.

A noise generator that operates entirely on body resistance. The main circuit board is a left over from a Doomsday Novelty Device which beeps for 5 seconds when a button is pressed. At the heart of a circuit is a Motorola MC14001 U Quad Gate, basically a 4 oscillator circuit to tweak. Various spots on the board have been found to cause nice variations in the resulting sound that the circuit was originally intended to produce. The kit can fit into a very small housing, such as a VHS case, or a Kid’s Lunchbox. The included touch contacts create a rugged interface with the board for interesting and expressive sound generation.


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