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“55 and Sunny” by Michael Hickey

It’s with great pleasure that I announce the completion of “55 and Sunny”, an album by Mike Hickey. It’s an eclectic, up-beat collection of 16 songs–fifteen new compositions and a new arrangement of a traditional English folk tune. The tunes range from swinging blues to raucous Balkan dance music, from Afro-pop, Celtic, and Cuban-influenced instrumentals to

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Button Board v1.0

This idea came about from needing LEDs, buttons, trim pots and switches on hand to do quick tests on various devices. Most of the time, I just needed something to test an audio trigger or response from a sensor. All too often, the item I needed wouldn’t be where I needed it. I often do

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ZX and Ultrasonic Sensing

February 16, 2018 After making some advances with audio board selection and programming, it was time to go through my parts supply and explore various sensors to see how they could be employed. First up was the ZX Distance and Gesture Sensor made by Sparkfun. I have the original version which is now retired. Following

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Sparkfun APDS-9960 RGB and Gesture Sensor

The Sparkfun APDS-9960 RGB and Gesture Sensor is a fairly low-cost ($15) option for hands-free control of all kinds of things. I’ve had this sitting around for a while waiting to be integrated into a project, but I wanted to explore it on its own before making that leap. For the size, this is a

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Teensy 3.2 + Teensy Audio Board

As discussed in my ongoing series of sound board experiments (most recently with the Adafruit Sound FX Board), I have been on a quest for an easy to use platform for sound installations and experimental projects. The basic spec for this project was as follows: 44.1 Khz 16 bit stereo Allow up to three (maybe

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Adafruit FX Sound Board 16 MB

January 2018 This is a continuation of an earlier exploration of Adafruit’s FX Sound Board. Previously, I worked with the 2MB version, but soon found I needed more storage for the intended application. The 16 MB version is basically identical in functionality – just more storage. The attraction of this board is that it is

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