Keynestock 2014

Once again, I got roped into helping out CSRfm and this time KTV in getting their OBs from Keynstock 2014 on air. There were some not insignficant challenges. Our normal network access at Keynes was effectively cut off due to some changes to configuration. This was quite troublesome, as we had always previously relied on this access to get our signals back to our HQ. The outlook seemed bleak. What we ended up doing instead, though, actually seemed to work out rather better.
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PathfinderPC HTTP JSON API

I’ve been helping with the installation of a brand new Axia Livewire network at CSR FM. We’ve been using PathfinderPC to do all of the routing control. It’s all pretty clever stuff — but we wanted to be able to extract information from Pathfinder so that we could do handy things like find out which studio is on air, and use that information to show the right webcam on the website, or use it to add further information to our Now Playing data.
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Betheremin 0.1

My partner, Beth, asked me if I could make her a Theremin.  So I have.  It’s called the Betheremin.

A Theremin is a musical instrument, which changes pitch and/or volume as you bring your hand close to it’s antenna(e).  The way this works is by your hand influencing the capacitance of a resonator circuit, changing the frequency at which it oscillates.  This difference in frequency creates a “beat” frequency against a reference oscillator, which can then be used to create an audible frequency or control a Voltage Controlled Amplifier.

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