thanks so much for participating in this initial release of velosynth! we're super excited to see this project take such a huge leap forward, thanks to your support. it's our hope that these kits can provide you with a quick starting point for exploring the possibilities of networked, bicycle-based computation.
we've done our best to solve the problem of attaching a hackable computer to your bicycle, figuring out how to measure speed and acceleration, and how to synthesize expressive sound. together with a collection of example code, documentation and an attitude of open knowledge, we're confident that everyone will be successful in making their kit come alive and start singing.
we've already pre-ordered all of the parts in the hope to start sending out kits by mid-july. in the meantime, please gather the equipment and supplies listed on the Getting Started page on the wiki.
also, if you feel like reading ahead and doing some homework, you can check out these resources:
- "Handmade Electronic Music" by Nicolas Collins (recommended textbook). we've learned so much from this book that we can't help but strongly encourage you to pick up your own copy. covers everything from hacking apart found objects to building digital oscillators, envelope generators, and the like.
- Fun With Sea Moss by Sebastian Tomczak. another great resource; a digest of oscillator knowledge sourced mainly from Nic Collins' aforementioned book.
- source code — code + example library, via github
in the coming week we'll be building the pre-assembled units and taking photographs to serve as the documentation for the kits. the wiki will continue shapeshifting as we begin to fill in a lot of the missing parts. taking a good look through the assembly section will give you an idea for what building the kit will be like. please take a look and let us know which sections need more definition or explanation.
we encourage everyone to document your process in a blog that can be shared with the rest of the group. tumblr has been an excellent resource for this type of active documentation and makes it easy to follow the progress of others. regardless, please consider sharing your process, as it's this spirit that has brought velosynth to the point it is at today. if we all do this, a collective narrative can emerge, helping to clear the path for more research and better understanding. check out the velosynth, fabricating, envvv, or prgrssvnhncmnt tumblrs maintained by EFFALO to see what type of documentation we're talking about.
this will be the last project update through kickstarter. expect to receive further communications through the velosynth mailing list. we're going to automatically add everyone who purchased a kit or preassembled unit, so expect some more emails soon.
as always, if you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please let us know! the best way to reach us is by sending an email to email@example.com