year end – and another thing!

Just to say that we’re now pretty much on Christmas vacation, there may be some building going on in the spaces between festivities, but we hope to be back up to speed at the beginning of 2021.

Thanks to the Government’s behaviour, we have no real idea about the impact that Brexit will have on shipping (both PCBs and components coming in to us, as well as delivering to our valued customers). It may be that shipping costs will change, but we just don’t know unfortunately…

UPDATE 22/12/2020 — Since the UK borders are now shut because of Covid-19, as well as the uncertainty regarding postal services at the moment, I have decided to shut the shop until the new year. My hope is that there will be some way to continue shipping in the new year.

It is highly likely that the orders which were posted earlier this week will be delayed, and orders placed this week will not be posted until we know what is going on.

so, 2020 eh?

Well, what a year.

My plan was to treat 2020 as a depth year; getting to know the gear that I have in a bit more detail rather than simply buying new shiny things. However, it didn’t quite turn out like that…

In April, my long-term collaborator (and fellow wonkystuff-er) Ash bought himself an AE Modular system and having enthused about it to me, I also went and purchased a starter rack 2 with a SEQ16 (from Juno), with a mind to do some long distance (York-Leeds) collaborations with Ash, and also perhaps to work on modifying some pre-existing wonkystuff sound-generators to the AE Modular standard for future adventures with our Orlando Ferguson project.

standard mm33 panel (left)

A few months on, and September saw the release of the mm33, a variation of our long-existing 5×5 matrix mixer, tailored for AE Modular — it turned out that it was the very first 3rd-party module for the AE system… and the rest of the year went by in a bit of a blur!

The blur includes a collaboration with Robert on the exciting oscilloscope module (the recently announced METER module) and the release of the rbss random sequencer (in multiple editions!).

I would like to thank everyone who has bought modules from us, all those who have offered ideas and support via the forum and Discord channels, and to Robert and Carsten for their unwavering support (and probably too many emails — sorry Robert!). We wish the AE Modular community all the best for the future.

We have a couple of things in the pipeline (hinted about on our instagram!) for the start of 2021, as well as some more off-beat ideas from the other members of the wonkystuff team… I hope that we will be able to add more content to our YouTube channel also, especially regarding the new modules!

On a more uncertain note, we will have to wait and see how the stupidity of Brexit impacts us, but at the moment we are in a ‘wait and see’ mode; I hope that things like shipping costs etc. will not be disrupted too much; the impact of Covid is of course still being felt, but we all hope that this will be mitigated soon.

Here’s wishing you all a happy Christmas and new year — we hope to see you in 2021!

John, Ash and Simon

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Many thanks!

rbss update

So, the first batch of the rbss has sold out (there were less than 10 made, so maybe it’s not so surprising). Next up — and almost ready to start building — is another batch of 10, but this time in yellow, with a different panel design. Here’s a sneak peek:

The LED in the yellow version will actually be red, to tie in with the ’70s colour scheme and a time when all LEDs were red…

Follow announcements about availability over on the AEModular forum which now has a wonkystuff board for product announcements and general chit chat.

YouTube…

We thought that it was about time that we started a YouTube channel, where we can demo stuff etc. so here it is!

Until we’ve got 100 subscribers and been live for 30 days, the URL is a bit unwieldy, but hopefully we can get a few people on board…

The easiest way to subscribe is to watch the video in YouTube and click subscribe while you’re there!

News!

It’s been a long time, but things are still slowly chugging along here at wonkystuff. Obviously the pandemic stuff prevented us from running the April show, but we hope to start doing live stuff again just as soon as we can.

In the mean time, there are a couple of hardware announcements:

  1. There will be a new version of the wonkystuff Core1 board (revision C) available soon – this time we have a front panel and a square-wave sub-oscillator output too.
  2. We’re toying with the idea of producing programmed chips (such as oscillators, envelope generators), and have the first one basically done (there’ll be another post soon).

Anyway, that’s it for now – stay safe everyone!

18: Dare we speak on the laws of chance?

(for the benefit of regulars, this one has switched to a Monday)

Stellar line-up this time with contributions from the North-East and the North West… highly regarded the lot of ’em!

  • Zimzum: Amy Horgan is revisiting York from Manchester with sounds “Distantly resembling techno, but committed to its grinding, fuggy atmosphere more than providing beat-based succour” (The Quietus)
  • 1727: 1727 is the solo project of Esmé Louise Newman (half of ‘Penance Stare’), channelling dark ambiences and menacing tones…
  • Falco Subbuteo: Gwilly Edmondez and Val Persona bring their (Eurasian) Hobby out of retirement for a special appearance just for us.
  • Territorial Gobbing: Theo brings the noise from Leeds as a replacement for Yol & Mariam: tapes, contact mics and clutter meld into a delicate and transient explosive hyper dynamic noise musique]

Requested admission is £5, but no-one will be turned away due to lack of funds (Come See! Come Hear!).

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Wonkystuff events are characterised by the minimal (DiY) presentation, and no canned music between performances (we value the time to talk to audience members, without the distraction of background music – we feel that the focus should be on the performed music)

Old poster!