Handmade Electronic Music: The Art of Hardware Hacking comes to its third edition this year. Part 5 of the book, features the article ‘Handmade Sound Communities’ by Lisa Kori and David Novak with a description of hardware hacking communities from the global south whereby I was interviewed by Lisa about my work in 2019. The cover image of the book is from my workshop with Manuel Andrade and the AZ Recs netlabel called ‘Instruments from the Garage’.
This revised and expanded third edition has been updated throughout to reflect recent developments in technology and DIY approaches. New chapters and features on topics including soft circuitry, video hacking, neural networks, radio transmitters, Arduino, Raspberry Pi, data hacking, printing your own circuit boards, and the international DIY community.
The book in general provides a long-needed, practical, and engaging introduction to the craft of making—as well as creatively cannibalizing—electronic circuits for artistic purposes. With a sense of adventure and no prior knowledge, the reader can subvert the intentions designed into devices such as radios and toys to discover a new sonic world. You will also learn how to make contact microphones, pickups for electromagnetic fields, oscillators, distortion boxes, mixers, and unusual signal processors cheaply and quickly. At a time when computers dominate music production, this book offers a rare glimpse into the core technology of early live electronic music, as well as more recent developments at the hands of emerging artists.