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  1. I built a tune-able tongue drum / wood xylophone!


    This was made from mostly knotty pine with red oak on the trim pieces.  The 'fretboard' is a milled down strip of dense teague with aluminum rails running into a 1/8" trench to act as the frets.  The keys are adjustable and fretted down with 5/16" machine screws.  The inserts are t-nuts mounted in through the bottom of the fretboard. The length is around 11", 8" wide and 7" or so in height.





    Keys mounted, also red oak.  The keys do not resonate as well as I'd like, but the modular design allows to change materials or have a mix and matched material configuration if I want. 




    Front view



    All in all, about $30 in material and a month or so of work off and on.  I have to play around with the key material,  but the body is acoustically very loud.


    This is why I can't get a wad out the door in less than 2 years!

    1. Mr.Rocket


      Very cool!

      I'd like to hear it!



    2. Fonze


      That's awesome Ed, build me a big enough one and I'll play it ;D


      Nah but seriously you can sell full sized ones for easily upwards of $1,000... I bought a marimba in 2008 for $1,000, which was incredibly cheap but then again it's prolly not unlike something you would build... the resonators are cardboard tubes heh, but the thing sounds and plays great. For the cost it was a great buy :)

  2. Junior making his first completeable map at 4 years old (while being rightfully distracted by the Powerpuff Girls).  This is actually a few months old now, he's graduated to having skies and variable light levels. He still wants blood floors everywhere,  should I be worried?



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    2. DoctorGenesis


      That's pretty kick ass! Only question: Is he watching the original Powerpuff Girls or that weird(er) looking new one?

    3. bzzrak


      So getting Cacowards is becoming a family business now? :]

    4. Ed


      @DoctorGenesis Pretty sure it's the new one.  He doesn't watch too much tv,  but I do try to load him up on the classics.


      @Fonze Even now we'll be eating breakfast and he'll hit me with the line of questioning about  'what planet the aliens are flying to in Ancient Aliens' or 'what do they keep in all the crates'.  Suddenly, you're finding yourself in an IRL "Do Demons Go To The Bathroom?" threads.  

  3. Owner of the company I work at passed away. He was pretty old,  86, so it's hard to do anything but look back and celebrate his life. 

    I would wear my work coat with the company logo on it and on more than a few occasions cashiers would ask how he was doing and that he was such a nice guy.  He would go to work like everyone else every day up until a few months ago.  Worked his balls off,  smart as hell.. he would bring the whole shop to his lodge in Maine once a year and we would drink, eat meat and fish.  I would tell my son to look up to the guy, but I'm a grown man and I looked up to him (obviously).  

    I feel lucky to have gotten to know him and know about him - the best people in the world are people you meet that make you want to be a better person yourself by their example.

  4. Breathing, Shiny and Moist - Some of my favorite MIDI work I've done recently for Becoming.  The end has a pretty unsettling timbre, despite it's Roland SC pallet.  

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    Gunshot percussion is the hallmark of MIDI exquisiteness.

    Becoming BGM

  6. Going to see a head-shrinker this week to see about getting on the psych-med train.  I've been in an emotional / mental 'wobble' since around 25 years old and have tried every natural method or action to correct it that I could think of.  It has been debilitating to my work and personal life more than ever the past few years. I am hoping for the best - wish me luck!

    1. Nine Inch Heels

      Nine Inch Heels

      Keeping my fingers crossed for you. Best of luck to you. :-)

    2. Fonze


      Best of luck Ed; that's a scary thing. You have my thoughts and prayers.

  7. Livestreaming GZDoom Builder - 


  8. Anyone want some MIDI soundtrack work?  My musical projects are currently at a standstill.  

    Examples MIDI works:



    I can do Quake style ambient, industrial / metal stuff also. My synths are feeling a bit neglected as well.

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    2. 40oz


      that's what i love to hear!

    3. Ed


      @Jayextee  I'll give it a shot! I'll finish playing through the beta tonight and I'll shoot you a pm

    4. Jayextee


      Awesome! Didn't know if you'd bite, I was being a bit cheeky. But some new music would really give the project some much-needed sheen, I feel.

  9. Made this about 5 minutes after unpacking my new Volca Beats by Korg.

    The construction is surprisingly sturdy. The knobs are steppy, which is a bit of a let-down considering it's (nearly) full analog machine. The snare leaves something to be desired, but the kick is very versatile. On the fly beat making when paired with the Electribe is incredibly fun. It doesn't satisfy all my drum needs, and I'll no doubt be adding some PCM drum module or routing a channel off of a rompler / work-station to give the drums a bit more texture. All and all, I won't lose any sleep spending $150 on this little unit.

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    2. tourniquet


      Ed said:

      Power jack?

      Nope, we had a lightning strike during rehearsal, a few years ago, it didn't survive it.
      Regarding cheap samplers, with a bit luck you can still find some early Akai S Models on ebay.
      Unfortunatly most of them only work with Disks or SCSI drives.

    3. Ed


      The Yamaha TX16-W was my go-to 12 bit sampler for ages. It used 720kb floppy disks and only had 1.5mb total sampling memory.. which translated to a pretty good sized drum kit. I don't think I can realistically feel good about spending 45 minutes booting up an OS disk, loading samples, programming performance parameters for each hit.. all by means of a antiquated storage format.

      The Korg ES-1 is looking like a winner.

    4. Ed


      Haven't had much time to sit down and do much of anything involving the computer. Managed to record this over the weekend though. The loud 'HSSSSSSSS' isn't cam/PC noise. I modified my Monotron Duo and fabricated a metal / wood constructed case for it. Unfortunately, it's grounding out on the steel enclosure somewhere. On some patch cord configurations, one of the oscillators self modulates all over the place and you can change the pitch of the other by how much of your chosen appendage is touching the frame. I thought about fixing it, but it'd be like destroying one of nature's own mistakes. Once the filter frequency cutoff isn't completely dumped, the hiss drops out.

      Also, camera stand gave out right after this was recorded.. The cam tilts progressively upward throughout the entire video XD

  10. 18 hours of labor, one c-section and 4 days in the hospital later, I finally can call myself the proud parent of this handsome young man.

    It was a very complicated delivery. After we were in the clear, the head nurse informed my sort-of-mother-in-law that my girlfriend and baby were in a pretty dire situation and the c-section was an emergency measure. Ed Jr was facing chin forward with the umbilical cord completely wrapped around him. My girlfriend had an un-diagnosed condition of fluid retention that was putting so much pressure on her insides that the baby was lodged and hadn't budged an inch in 7 hours. His heart rate was decreasing more and more with each contraction, very scary stuff.

    I owe quite a bit of gratitude to the nurse staff. They averted what would have been the worst day of my life and ended up making it the best.

    I'd say 2-3 years tops and I'll be uploading his first map to /idgames.

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    2. NiTROACTiVE


      Congratulations Ed! He looks cute and I hope he grows up to be a successful person.

    3. Snakes


      Maybe a smidgen late, but this is very awesome to hear, Ed! Congrats are in order.

    4. KiiiYiiiKiiiA


      I haven't been on blogs in forever.

      Ed, my man. Congratulations. And I am glad everything turned out well. Pretty stressful day that was, I bet.

      Good luck and God bless with everything.And thanks for the mapping.

      I have just decided to title Ed Jnr., "The Portal Master." Kinda fitting, really.