Roolz-Gewei & Jagersprache

[Rolzstatsz schematic / 2MB]

The schematics submitted here are for a dual instrument, the "Roolz-Gewei" who has a Facebook page with many more photos of completed instruments, as well as a file aboard the Ciat-lonbarde starship.

Yes, Mr. Roolz-Gewei is a "person", or more accurately, a "face" on said "Facebook". Ciat-Lonbarde is all about these meta-activities such as face-book profiling a synth-idea.

The Roolz is a psuedo-dutch word for the Rollz-5 drum machine, a collection of agricultural cycles and pulsemining, i.e. primitive and slow pulse brains. Then there are its filters in the middle, Ultrasound Converter, Gongs, and AVDog.

[Jagersprache schematic / 1MB]

The Gewei is an evolution of the deerhorn circuit exhibited at SOMMERKAMPWORKSTATION. Now it uses PLL, phase locked loop. In the SOMMERKAMP trip to Germany, a friend in Cologne told me about Jagersprache, the secret language of deerhunters, so secret the forest cannot understand it. Some of these magical words and concepts are embedded into the silkscreen of this new Deerhorn design.

Originally, both of these designs were implemented in paper, for many revolutions and renovations, until their concept became stable enough to be printed in silver.

Paper Circuits

In 2006 I began making circuits on paper. Paper circuits are easier, cheaper, and environmentally safer than the alternative – greenboards etched with heavy chemicals at a factory. The idea, which I got from a St. Louis collective known as “commonsound”, puts front (component) face and back (trace) face adjacent and mirrored on the paper. The pattern is cut out, folded in the middle, then pierced with a needle. The components are inserted and their leads woven and soldered according to the trace pattern. I created several pocket-size paper circuits that explore touchability and the complexity of circular modulations. I play them by intuitively wiring or touching nodes to each other to create different re-weavings of the internal circuits. I consider these the most accessible of my designs; anyone can salvage or buy the components after downloading the plans from my website. Each build of a paper circuit is unique, because the time elements vary by changing values in key locations. The transcription of electronic ideas onto paper stimulates a free and open distribution of craft, where the final pieces vary based on the skills of the maker. This appeals to an ideal of medieval individuality, where information is distributed personally through guilds as well as mnemonically in spellbooks and mandalas. The paper circuit projects attempt to bring the art of electronics from an impersonal, industrial approach to one which is individual and magical. This crafty use of electronics encourages everyone who pursues it to personally reduce waste; creativity leads to resourcefulness and vice versa.