A collection of noisy, fun, cool, geeky, techy, wired or just plain wierd stuff for your consideration!



Toxic Dwarf Music playlist (free downloads)



Even though I’ve been absolutely useless in regards to actually producing any new music recently I have however been investing a lot of time into making digital art. I stumbled across some applications which are not only mindbogglingly addictive and capable of producing awe inspiring images, but they are free!!!

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Homepage rebuild

I’ve taken down the toxicdwarf.net homepage and if possible will remap the domain to here until I can rebuild the site. It needs a lot of work doing to it (lots of dead links, reformat the art gallery etc) and i’m not exactly great with html. Alongside that I have a new sound cloud account alongside my older one so many of the links to my tunes on this site are now also dead as I’ve reorganised stuff. I have replaced as many embedded players as possible, but not all tracks are available just yet. I have however put all the tracks into a single playlist so that I can add a player here and update it more easily. I’ll be paying more attention to this blog in the coming months and it should get a bit tidier and i’ll clean out a lot of the posts made for my uni course which are no longer needed. I’ll make the post with sound cloud player a sticky so it’s easy to find, some more posts to come soon regarding my graphic work too, hopefully set up a nice gallery of my artwork here at wordpress. Anyway I hope you like the sights and sounds here and maybe feel inspired to get creative (either through seeing something you like or seeing something that you hate – either way if it inspires you to create then that’s great!)

Homemade Plate Reverb

Using a simple piezo disc and a sheet of metal you can produce your own reverb unit.
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Hardware Hacking – Synthesis on a chip (CMOS Hex Schmitt Trigger Integrated Circuit)

As detailed in Nick Collins book ‘Handmade Electronic Music – The Art of Hardware Hacking’ here is my first attempt at building a simple synthesis circuit.

The materials I used were:
Plastic prototyping board
1 CMOS Hex Schmitt Trigger Integrated Circuit
2 x 470nK capacitors
1 x 100k resistor
2 x 536k resistors
2 x 100k Ohm potentiometers
1 x 1M Ohm Potentiometer
1 x 77k – 340k LDR
Solidcore hook up wire
3.5mm female mono headphone jack
Amplified speaker.
9 volt battery.
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