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A few thoughts on the Elephant and Castle Mini Maker Faire

I’ve been posting some of the video from the V&A maker meetup day and I thought I’d put some thoughts down on the mini maker faire itself. Whilst it wasn’t a massive maker faire like the ones in the US it was a pretty great event, and whilst it wasn’t really focussed on music there were a few things that made it well worth the trip. It was good to see so many groups, like the London Arduino group, and loads of stuff for kids to get involved with like “Make Things Do Stuff” which was using a Makey Makey fruit piano (of course!).

It’s amazing to see how many people are making stuff and encouraging people to get into making and repurposing. I can see it as only a positive. So how does it intersect with the mobile music world? Good question. I actually think that stuff like Miselu’s new C.24 keyboard on kickstarter is a good example. They’ve been working on the device for a long time now and have been taking people’s views from the community into account. Hardware like this can start from ideas that spring up at you from events like the mini maker faires and getting involved in maker communities. Some will fail of course, others will be real game changers and deciding which is which isn’t always that easy, but one thing’s for sure, if you don’t try, you’ll never know.

I hope that we see more Mini Maker Faires spring up in the UK, and I really hope that they get bigger too, so they can drop the ‘mini’.

If you get a chance to go along to one I’d recommend it.

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EasyBeats 3 Pro Drum Machine for iOS

Coming tomorrow …

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Arduino Audio Hacker Shield

If you’re into Arduino and audio then you might want to take a look at this shield from Nootropic Design. There’s a DJ shield too, but the hacker shield looks like it could be fun.

Via Make.

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Don’t forget, Miselu’s C.24 Modular iPad Keyboard on Kickstarter

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EC Mini Maker Faire: Makers Guild (video)

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Shruthi-1 Demo2 (video)

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iPad Music App: Xenon Groove Synthesizer

I still love Xenon, it’s a great, clean little groovebox, but I think it could do with some love. Like MIDI, like Audiobus, but even so, it’s still great.

XENON Groove Synthesizer - iceWorks, Inc.