Introducing the Jam Jar!

The Jam Jar

I’m working on a project right now that involves building digital synthesizers that react to light. As a first step I made a small synth that I was able to fit inside a jam jar. I creatively named it the Jam Jar, and it totally rocks. Here’s a video that explains what it is and shows me jamming out with Ableton Live!

For more pictures check out my Flickr set.
[edit]> I neglected to mention that I built this synth with enormous help from a tutorial on hack-a-day!

Comments (5)

Groanbox

for lack of better words…sweet! i definitely want a jam jar now..
-c

11 years ago
Anonymous

Amazing, I just love the idea. That is what I call jam-ming

JF

11 years ago

[…] Jam Jar is a small light-responsive digital synthesizer made out of a couple of dollars worth of parts and […]

11 years ago
Simon

Seems like an age-old APC with pots replaced by photo resistors, kinda like the Beep-It by Michael Una. Nice build anyway, but would have been cool if you didn’t act like you invented it.

http://createdigitalmusic.com/2008/11/12/beep-it-portable-open-diy-optical-theremin/

11 years ago
admin

Hey Simon,

You’re right, it is very similar to the Beep It, I hadn’t seen that! Thanks for the link. However, I’m not claiming to have invented this anymore than Michael Una is! I simply took a tutorial from Hack A Day and modified it slightly to make the Jam Jar:
http://hackaday.com/2008/05/01/how-to-make-a-digital-synthesizer/
I’m not interested in “inventing” anything, I just like to make fun interfaces for making noise.

11 years ago

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