Electro-mechanical Gong

I designed and built a new instrument called the Electro-mechanical Gong. It is an acoustic instrument which consists of a metal plate which is vibrated by a customised transducer. The plate is played with a microphone whose signal is passed into the plate itself. Thus many sounds can be "painted" onto the instrument with a handheld condensed mic. It is also capable of producing rich drone sounds, each different area of the plate having it's own pitch and timbre. This first public performance was in Outlaw Studios in May 2022. Performed/Recorded by Brian Leach and Natasha Bourke. An improvised performance for gongs, conch, harmonium, voice, singing bowl, electro-mechanical gong, etc. Supported by The Arts Council of Ireland.

csm 1000 synth

Custom Analogue Synth

 

This project was undertaken as part fulfilment  of my Masters Degree. MSc Music Technology in CIT - Cork School of Music, Ireland in 2012.

 

Its an analogue modular synth with an external custom analogue keyboard. For more info download my thesis here.

 

Part 2

 

(Some images in part 2 have been ommitted to keep the file size down. The images are available on this page.)

 

 

 

 

 

CSM 1000 Synth Drone - Brian Leach
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Square wave

Square wave

Brian Leach custom synth oscilloscope.

Triangle Wave

Triangle Wave

Brian Leach custom synth oscilloscope. tri wave

pulse wave

pulse wave

Brian Leach custom synth oscilloscope.

envelope generator wave form

envelope generator wave form

waveform EG oscilloscope

Envelope generator proto board

Envelope generator proto board

stripboard IC sockets electronics wire.

Keyboard Resistors

Keyboard Resistors

back of custom keyboard analogue

VCA prototype

VCA prototype

breadboard voltage controlled oscillator. Brian Leach

Oscillator boards

Oscillator boards

analogue voltage controlled oscillators soldered. brian leach

synth plus keys

synth plus keys

keyboard custom synthesiser. brain leach

Octave switch brian leach

Octave switch brian leach

octaveswitch resistors, knob, pot, brian leach

wires inside synthesizer

wires inside synthesizer

mess inside synth. open brian leach

front panel of synth

front panel of synth

knobs . plexiglass front, perspex. colour coded synthesizer brian leach