fOSSa2012- shruti - mutable instrument - open hardware diy 80s sonic aesthetics olivier gillet

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fOSSa2012- shruti - mutable instrument - open hardware diy 80s sonic aesthetics olivier gillet

  1. 1. Open Hardware, DIY,80s sonic aesthetics... ... and where they meet Olivier Gillet
  2. 2. Outline! History! Choices! Congruence! Moving forward
  3. 3. History
  4. 4. 2009
  5. 5. 2009
  6. 6. 2009
  7. 7. 2009
  8. 8. 2011
  9. 9. 200 500+150 2200+ 2012
  10. 10. Mutable Instruments in december 2012! 4 products: monosynth, polysynth, monosynth+drum machine, MIDI processor! Volumes comparable to some established manufacturers! Organic growth, 100% bootstrapped business, financially in the green, with 0 marketing
  11. 11. Can be spotted in the wild!
  12. 12. Specificity 1
  13. 13. Specificity 2
  14. 14. Open source HW! Circuit analyses / simulations! Schematics + PCB layout! Bill of materials, cross-references for up to 4 suppliers! Plexiglas enclosure design (laser cutting)
  15. 15. Open source code! Open source firmware for all instruments (~80k LOC)! Avril / Avril-X: C++ development frameworks for AVR microcontrollers! AVR MIDI bootloader + tools
  16. 16. The Mutable inMutable Instruments
  17. 17. Choices
  18. 18. Cursor 1 Technological stackHome/Hackerspace Factory
  19. 19. Cursor 2Toy vs Tool
  20. 20. Cursor 3 What is sold?Bag of parts 1 year of R&D 1 year of R&D + Bag of parts + Bag of parts + 1 hour of consulting
  21. 21. Cursor 4 Which concessions to openness?Proprietary at the Open architecture, butarchitecture level, proprietary at the silicon level,open tooling closed tooling
  22. 22. Congruence
  23. 23. DIY ♥ music! Musicians are geeks! “Solder your cables” = the gateway drug! Self -expression. Uniqueness! Workflow customization
  24. 24. DIY ♥ 80s! DIP microcontroller = computing power of a 80s home computer! Hackerspace-friendly tech = 80s high-end consumer electronics tech! Most accessible DIY synth techniques = those used in early 80s product (digitally controlled analog, hybrid)
  25. 25. DIY ♥ 80s! “Survival of the shortest”. Generative music/graphics trick from the 80s are relevant on low-cost embedded platforms! Publication of programs as source code in zines = proto- open-source
  26. 26. Electronic music ♥ 80s! Analog synthesis as a mature tech! The point after which synths became boring! British synth-pop, then birth of techno
  27. 27. Electronic music ♥ 80s
  28. 28. DIY in 2012 sends us back to the golden age of synths
  29. 29. What’s next
  30. 30. Things the 80s got wrong! Software quality... Thanks C++! ! Discipline ! Zero-cost abstractions ! Idioms and patterns useful for embedded! AI
  31. 31. Intelligence in 16k of SRAM! Complicated stuff is offline anyway!! Boosting! Bloom filters/maps! “Lossy computing”! ... Coming soon in new MI products!
  32. 32. Not a DogmaIf it can make great sounds but requires modern tech... ... MI will still build it, with modern tech
  33. 33. Stumbling blocks! Open source business ! transparent vs! Cultural clash between old-school industries and DIY/maker movement
  34. 34. Questions?mutable-instruments.net
  35. 35. Cursor 5 / Curse #3379Education Hardcore openness
  36. 36. (I’m not the only one... )! x0xb0x: Open-source (but clone of existing design)! MIDIbox: Platform for designing controllers +several synth projects (but not open-source)! Many modular DIY projects (not open-source)! Meeblip, PreenFM, Rockit, LushOne (open- source)

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