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New space!

The hackerspace has MOVED!

After a lot of messing about, we finally moved shop and are settling in nicely to our new address, 10/27 bank st Meadowbank! It’s right across the road from Meadowbank station.

We still have of work to do settling in but so far the new space has a much cleaner, brighter and friendlier vibe, so we are all excited and thankful it is over! Below is a time lapse I made of the unpacking.

Housewarming to come soon!

Arduino U – 19:00, Wednesday 26th February

Floppy drive music

Try typing “imperial march on floppy drives” into google and you will find many, many,MANY examples of folk creating music with the stepper motors in old floppy drives.  But how is it done?800px-Floppy_Disk_Drive_SDF-321B

This weeks Arduino U will look at one way – the “Moppy” Arduino/Java combo by SammyIAm that lets you play midi files on floppy drives.  https://github.com/SammyIAm/Moppy

Beginners are still welcome.  Bring an old floppy drive if you’ve got one lying around!  Doug will be there with his collection of electronics junk, floppy drives and smattering of Arduino knowledge to help you get started, assist in troubleshooting a particular electronics or code issue or simply suggest resources.

Anybody with Java knowledge will be very welcome!

While there are usually one or two spare Arduino’s available for beginners to tinker with and explore, it is preferable if you can bring your own. Please don’t foget to BRING YOUR LAPTOP if you want to get the most out of your visit.

$10 in the tin supports the existence of our geek-friendly hackerspace.

NoizeMaschin!! #32 – 2^5 – Tuesday 25th Feb, 7:30pm

It’s our 5th Bin-aversary: 2^5 NoizeMaschins!! Seems like a suitably niche and geeky excuse for cake and celebratory high-jinks.  “RSVP One, not Zero! And be a NoizeMaschin!! Hero….”
Here endeth the bad poetry. $10 for non-members, Bar d’Factory serves drinks and earplugs. Doors open 19:30Lineup: Diode – Shoegazey goodness to nourish the soul | aRe HaVe We HeaVeNs – Back by popular request, the second installment of Ben Stacy’s solo drum project | Petro Vouris – Classical noisemaking and conceptual glory | Josten Myburgh – Prolific new music composer explores dense new territories | Shrimptione ii – New sound worlds to explore under cover of darkness | Steve Paraskos – A party-starting noisefest, in order to get the party started | Russel Clark – Digital, dark ambient textures | Sam Gillies – Reactive granular environments
NM32 on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/660986423962070

Arduino U – 19:00, Wednesday 12th February

Once again, there is no specific plan for Arduino U this week.  artiduino

“Mozzi” proved somewhat popular several weeks ago and perhaps deserves a re-visit  – with the caveat that we can build some “notch filters” on the night to remove the high frequency carrier that came close to driving a number of members completely nuts!

Beginners are welcome.  Doug will be there with his collection of electronics junk and smattering of Arduino knowledge to help you get started, assist in troubleshooting a particular electronics or code issue or simply suggest resources.

While there are usually one or two spare Arduino’s available for beginners to tinker with and explore, it is preferable if you can bring your own. Please don’t foget to BRING YOUR LAPTOP if you want to get the most out of your visit.

$10 in the tin supports the existence of our geek-friendly hackerspace.

Arduino U – 19:00, Wednesday 29th January

Pile-o-duinoThere is no specific plan for Arduino U this week but at least one person wants to learn how to set up a simple “blinky LED thing” from scratch. This quest is reason enough to attend, since the world will always be a better place with additional blinky lights!

Beginners are welcome.  Doug will be there with his collection of electronics junk and smattering of Arduino knowledge to help you get started, assist in troubleshooting a particular electronics or code issue or simply suggest resources.


While there are usually one or two spare Arduino’s available for beginners to tinker with and explore, it is preferable if you can bring your own. Please don’t foget to BRING YOUR LAPTOP if you want to get the most out of your visit.


$10 in the tin supports the existence of our geek-friendly hackerspace.

NoizeMaschin!! #31 – 19:30 Tues 14 Jan 2014

Noizemachin!! is the Artifactory’s monthly experimental music concert. Hot summer soundz coming at you from a warehouse located far from the beach! Get your antidote to the endless “Ibiza chill”, “sunset vibes” and other solar-flared easy listening with a dose of our aural oddities! $10 for non-members, Bar d’Factory serves drinks and earplugs. Doors open 19:30

Lineup: The Trainables – Harsh noise and digital ambiance collision | Axel Carrington – The soundtrack to a Mint Julep in the bowels of hell | Furchick – Scientifically informed sonic experimentation | Sean Bernard – Synth badassery with infective electroacoustic inflections | Mitchell Mollison – Prodical child returns and we justifiably slaughter the noizemaschin sacrifical lamb of tonality in his honor | Chad – Fennesz-esque ambient noise | The Intensoband – Final performance of their residency, come down and see what everyone has been talking about! | Dr Vellocet – Brain EEGs from skull electrodes are subjected to sonification. Is it musical? It’s certainly noisy!

NM31 on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/476119809165720/

Arduino U – 19:00, Wednesday 15th January

Arduino U  is back again for 2014. mozzi

Mozzi by Tim Barrass has generated a fair bit of excitment at the Artifactory.  This is a comprehensive set of Arduino libraries designed specifically for generating sound:

Currently your Arduino can only beep like a microwave oven. Mozzi brings your Arduino to life by allowing it to produce much more complex and interesting growls, sweeps and chorusing atmospherics. These sounds can be quickly and easily constructed from familiar synthesis units like oscillators, delays, filters and envelopes.

You can use Mozzi to generate algorithmic music for an installation or performance, or make interactive sonifications of sensors, on a small, modular and super cheap Arduino, without the need for additional shields, message passing or external synths.

Examples and downloads can be found here.  It would be worthwhile attempting to install the package prior to the night in order to make the best use of the available time.

That said, beginners are still very welcome.  Doug will be there with his collection of electronics junk and smattering of Arduino knowledge to help you get started, assist in troubleshooting a particular electronics or code issue or simply  suggest resources.

While there are usually one or two spare Arduino’s available for beginners to tinker with and explore, it is preferable if you can bring your own.  Please don’t foget to BRING YOUR LAPTOP if you want to get the most out of your visit.

$10 in the tin supports the existence of our geek-friendly hackerspace.

NoizeMaschin!! #30 xmas special! Tues 17th Dec, 19:30

Deck the halls with slabs of ear-grating sound, its the third Noizemaschin Xmas celebration! Join us in the spacious Artifactory hackerspace for the Xmas party you always wanted but until this year had not yet been organised! Featuring some new faces and old friends, come down and see out 2013 in style!

Lineup: Sub Ordnance – It wouldn’t be Xmas without live chainsaw, drums and synth gadgets. Chainsaw may or may not be present but Sub Ordnance guarantee a festive love of noise is on show | Luke Dux – The mind expanding noise world of Luke Dux is guaranteed to jingle all the right bells | Matt Cole – Percussion wizard weaves delicate xmas vibes | Lyndon Blue – He knows when you’re sleeping and will do his best to wake you up with his always inventive live performance | Kashikoi – Electroacoustic group of weird and wonderful experimentalism | Steve Paraskos – Witness the Kwanza influenced noise-blues stylings of Steve Paraskos | The Intensoband – Noizemaschin!! residents bring the gift of extreme post-jazz rockin’ noise | Sam Gillies and SKoT McDonald – Your Noizemaschin!! hosts process seasonal hits in their ploy to create an xmas album that doesn’t completely suck

PLUS: A joyous, life affirming laser show brought to you by Optic Nerve (hopefully!)

$10, Bar d’factory has drinks and earplugs.

On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/679237145454663/