Space Rockers

Space Rockers

Switch accessible mini Synths and Drum Machines

Background

Andromeda Space Rockers Range

The Andromeda Space Rockers are a range of simple analogue synthesizers and drum machines designed by Eric Archer that synchronize over a minimal infrared (IR) wireless network for communicating tempo / clock information. This IR Sync system is open source and has been adopted by several other manufacturers including Bleeplabs, 4ms Pedals and Wooster Audio whose devices are also listed below.

  • Andromeda MK-1 was designed by Eric Archer as an experiment of making the most minimal drum machine possible using analog circuitry and produces a damped sine wave.
  • Andromeda MK-2 was designed by Eric Archer as an experiment of making the most minimal drum machine possible using analog circuitry and produces a filtered noise burst.
  • Andromeda Mk-3 is a minimal analog synthesizer that generates a muted bass note.
  • Andromeda Mk-4 is a resonant bass drum with similar features as the rest of the line.
  • Tune in Tokyo is is a source of unusual, LFO-animated frequency textures, think Mad Professor torturing a Robot.
  • The Nebulophone from Bleeplabs is an Arduino based synth with stylus keyboard, selectable waveforms, arpeggios, and an analog filter.
  • Autonomous Bassline Generator is a great little device from 4ms Pedals that does what its name suggests
  • Midi-IR brings Midi to the Space Rockers range of devices.
  • Space Baby is a beat-synced modulated digital delay from Wooster Audio

The Project Outline

This project involves making the Space Rockers range accessible to people with physical disabilities. The simplicity of their controls and their IR Sync capabilities make them ideal for this purpose. Although these little devices are somewhat limited in functionality they sound great and the syncing feature should make them very easy to use in practice. You can sync up to 12 devices together allowing complex rhythms. If made switch accessible this would allow people with significant physical disabilities to collaborate and produce contemporary, original and exciting electronic music or join with others who are able to control more complex instruments.
All the above devices are available at a reasonable price in kit form. Aside from the kits other components needed for this project would be 3.5mm jack inputs (to allow external switches to be used), enclosures, LEDs (for scanning between buttons) or even better LED Illuminated Arcade Buttons and IR Proximity Sensors.

Individual Space Rocker Project Pages