[sdiy] History of SDIY?

Ben Stuyts ben at stuyts.nl
Sat Jun 2 03:15:36 CEST 2018


Dutch electronics magazines were also quite prolific into music-related diy projects. For example:

The April 1961 issue of “Electronica Wereld” (“Electronics World”) has articles about “Reverberato” (a spring reverb), a distortion meter, a tone generator, a metronome, etc. See https://archive.org/details/ElectronicaWereldApril1961 <https://archive.org/details/ElectronicaWereldApril1961>

And have a look at the June 1967 issue of Elektuur (Elektor): https://archive.org/details/Elektuur54196706 <https://archive.org/details/Elektuur54196706> with a guitar/organ amplifier, and an electronic drum kit (page 630). Info on the Philicorda (not DIY of course), but also a diy organ (Hartwin Organ) with a novel (but very limiting) oscillator/key configuration which I actually have. :)

Ben


> On 2 Jun 2018, at 01:48, Donald Tillman <don at till.com> wrote:
> 
> 
>> On May 29, 2018, at 8:42 AM, Donald Tillman <don at till.com> wrote:
>> 
>>> On May 29, 2018, at 4:36 AM, Rob Kam <robkam at gmx.com> wrote:
>>> 
>>> Unlike for the history of electronic music http://120years.net/, apparently
>>> there's not much documentation specifically for the history of DIY
>>> electronic music equipment.
>> 
>> Sure there is!  It's in the form of hobbyist electronics magazines.  Especially "Popular Electronics" and "Radio Electronics".  And they're archived here:
>> 
>> http://www.americanradiohistory.com/Popular-Electronics-Guide.htm
>> http://www.americanradiohistory.com/Radio_Electronics%20_Master_Page.htm
> 
> Here's an example, Popular Electronics Magazine:
> 
> Mar 69, Preamp, mixer, frequency counter
> May 69, Preamp, guitar sustain
> Jul 69, Square wave gen
> Sep 69, Color organ display
> Oct 69, Sine wave generator
> Dec 69, Treble Boost
> Jan 70, Wah-wah pedal
> Feb 70, Drum Machine
> Mar 70, Speech scrambler (ring modulator)
> May 70, Sine to Square wave converter
> Jun 70, Guitar envelope generator
> Jul 70, Multicoupler, Nyle Steiner Wire Music
> Aug 70, Preamp, lighting controller
> Oct 70, Power amp, equalizer
> Dec 70, Pink Noise Generator
> Mar 71, Leslie Simulator
> Apr 71, Timbre Gate (envelope generator)
> May 71, Fil-Oscillator, Power amp
> Jun 71, Vox gain rider
> Jul 71, Drum machine
> Sep 71, Electronic bird calls
> Dec 71, Compressor
> Feb 72, How synthesizers work, Surf Synthesizer
> 
> And Radio-Electronics Magazine started their PAIA Synthesizer articles in May 73.
> 
> The archive issues describe the synth DIY scene pretty well.
> 
>  -- Don
> --
> Donald Tillman, Palo Alto, California
> http://www.till.com
> 
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