Rebel HQ has been buzzing with activity lately as we’re preparing to launch our first Kickstarter campaign.
The OWL is a programmable stompbox based on a very impressive ARM Cortex M4 chipset. A prototype has been completed and already has some pretty sweet patches running on it.
The plan is to raise enough money for the first production batch on Kickstarter, and run the project on its own website. We hope you will follow us and join in the project!
Freedom Press and Bookshop in Whitechapel, London, was firebombed on the weekend. We went down there yesterday to survey the damage and offer a little support.
This is in fact the second time the bookshop has been attacked. In March 1993 it was firebombed by the neo-nazi group Combat 18 (1 and 8 being the positions of Hitler’s initials in the alphabet – although universally ignorant of history, it seems some fascists can actually read). This time, no-one has so far claimed responsibility. No-one was injured in the attack.
Apart from being our favourite anarchist bookshop, Freedom Press also provides a home for other grass roots organisations including Corporate Watch, Solidarity Federation, Advisory Service for Squatters and the London Campaign Against Poverty. The newspaper and original printing press dates back to the 1880′s, and has a long history of involvement in local struggles as well as international solidarity campaigns.
To support Freedom, make a donation or take out a subscription. Rebel Technology will shortly be auctioning a few modules to help raise funds.
We are excited to announce the final module in the Euclidean series: Κλάσματα.
Κλάσματα is a single channel, voltage controlled Euclidean sequencer. With sequences of up to 32 steps it further broadens the rhythmic possibilities of Στοιχεῖα. Both sequence length and the number of fills can be simultaneously voltage controlled, allowing endless variations and long, evolving patterns.
We’ve got a limited number of Stoicheia modules for sale directly from the BlipBox webshop. We will follow up with the new Klasmata module very soon. We don’t expect these to last long, so get some while you can!
We went to the seaside on the weekend to show our stuff at the Brighton Mini Maker Faire. Zoë Blade caught us on camera.
After the faire, exhausted but happy, we performed with the Music Hackspace Big Band at the after party, along with a bunch of other acts.
Great times were had by all, not least thanks to the fantastically helpful volunteers – big thanks to you all and the organisers!
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We are pleased to announce our second module Λόγοι.
Λόγοι is a voltage controlled clock divider, delay and counter. It has separate as well as combined outputs, and lets you put an amount of delay on a given beat, with both parameters CV controlled.
On top of the usual divider, counter and delay functions, Λόγοι creates Voltage Controlled swing and shuffle time signatures.
Our Στοιχεῖα modules are now available, with replenished stocks, from our distributors:
And here is a video from the London Modular Alliance!
Robert and Jason, the team behind the new modular synthesizer documentary I Dream of Wires, came to HQ on the weekend. They travelled all the way from the US to talk to us!
Actually that’s not true – they came here to interview our friend Dom Butler from Factory Floor. Nice people that they are, after seeing some of what we do here they agreed to point the camera our way. Hopefully the footage will be up on their website at some point.
It looks like it will be a fantastic movie. As well as making a feature length film, they are documenting the inside world of the modular community at a very, very interesting time. Some of the many interviews they’ve filmed are already available to view on the website, so make sure to head over there: I Dream of Wires. And support them on IndieGoGo!
We went with the London Music Hackspace to the BEAM festival this weekend.
Had a great time, met lots of lovely people and saw some amazing performances!
On the Sunday we played a set with the Hackspace Big Band, which was a lot of fun: Stoicheia and a few prototypes featuring as part of the improvised performance.
Massive thanks to Atau Tanaka and the organisers, hope to enjoy much more of this in the future.
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We made an announcement yesterday on the venerable muffwiggler forum to introduce Stoicheia. It was greeted with such enthusiasm that we decided we should make a few modules available for immediate purchase.
We have therefore put a small number of Stoicheia modules aside, available to buy online from the BlipBox shop.
If you place an order, please remember to include a shipping method!
Many thanks to all those expressing their interest and encouragement!