Handmade Music L.A. v2.0

CRASHspace hosted the second Handmade Music L.A. on Saturday February 26. We had a full house and a good slate of performers.  And most of them have new music you can get for free or cheap!

Ray Weitekamp performed last year (as Altitude Sickness). This year, he demonstrated The Wekinator, software that uses ChucK and Java to learn motion cues for music performance (and other things such as physical therapy).

Ray Weitekamp

Altitude Sickness has a new album called The Jamburglar. It’s pretty awesome. You can stream it or download the MP3s for free. If you donate $10, you get access to an uncompressed download and all the programs he wrote to create the album.

Craque had an array of noise toys, guitar pedals, and found objects with contact mics attached.


One is a 2×4 board with a variety of hardware attached, including a spring and music box mechanisms, which he played with a mallet.


Craque has a new album called Meat Hacker, and it’s a free download, available in MP3 and uncompressed formats.

(The interesting thing is both Meat Hacker and The Jamburgler provide AIFF files for their uncompressed versions. AIFF files are essentially the same size as WAVE files, given the same specs. In a way, AIFF is worse than WAVE because not as many programs can read it. AIFF is common on Macs for historical reasons having to do with processor architecture and byte ordering. Modern AIFF files are actually AIFF-C format, which are WAVE files except for their header.)

Rachel Koukal showed her Kaossilele, a ukulele with a Korg Kaoss pad built into it, inspired by Wayne Coyne’s guitar hero guitar. It looks real cool.

Rachel And Her Kaossilele

Andy Ben And Friends play an orchestra of circuit bent toys, some of which were made by Jeff Boynton. Their latest thing is voice changers which have been transplanted into cigar boxes, which they plan to use for a vocal quartet.

Circuit Bent Goodies

Max Foreman performed with a custom Arduino-based controller for Max/MSP and Supercollider. The controller is named Murphy and is very impressive, and his performance was very intense. He has a new album available for free download.


Joe Newlin is a guitarist who has begun using a Monome to sample and live remix his guitar. He doesn’t have a new album, but there’s a bunch of music on his website to download.


Joe uses Pure Data for his music, and hopefully he’ll be coming to the PD-LA launch event in April (more to come about this).

To cap the evening off, Kevin Nelson, aka The Sweaty Caps, played a guitar/Monome set.

Sweaty Caps

The Sweaty Caps have a new EP called Slé available on a pay-what-you-want basis from Bandcamp, recorded live with a similar setup.

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