Electronics Projects

Since around 2010, I’ve spent more time expanding my understanding of microelectronics, programming (C, C++, Javascript, PHP) and have built a number of projects for fun. I particularly enjoy Arduino, Particle Photon, Teensy, NodeMCU and anything that involves audio/sound. I’ve even branched out into making my own boards.

Included below are most of my electronics experiments. You can also find me on Hackster.io.

JD Teensy Breakout V1
Teensy is a popular microcontroller ecosystem that I’ve highlighted on my site before. There are already a number of breakout
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Adafruit TS2012 Amp
This is a rather old project meant as a supplement to other things I was working on in the audio
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Teensy Breakout by Tall Dog
March 3, 2018 I found Daniel Gilbert’s Teensy 3.2 Breakout (Revision D) on Tindie during a web search while working on
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Linksprite LED Matrix
February 24, 2018 The LinkSprite is an 8 x 8 LED matrix that can be used when you need something
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Sparkfun ESP8266 Thing (WRL-13231)
January 2018 Next up in IoT exploration is the Sparkfun ESP8266 Thing – part WRL-13231. Note that this is not the Dev
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NodeMCU Sensor
A lot has changed since my last connected sensor project in 2013, so I wanted to jump in again to
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Particle Photon Starter Projects
December 2017 Since my last embedded project experiments in 2013, a lot has changed. Costs have gone down, size has
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LED Controlled Panner
12/22/16 – The LED Panner is another fun circuit from the great book “Handmade Electronic Music” by Nicolas Collins. This
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Xmas Fly Piezo Box
12/9/16 – The Xmas Fly is a riff on the Black Fly, which is basically nothing more than a piezo
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Get Lo Fi Quad Oscillator
June 2016 – The Quad Oscillator below is a common beginner project, with surprising nuances depending on parts and configuration.
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MIDI Drum Kit by Spikenzie Labs
Just as 2015 was wrapping up I put together a MIDI drum trigger kit from Spikenzie Labs. The Drum Kit
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Nebulophone by Bleep Labs
Dec 2015 – The Nebulophone has been on my wishlist for a while, so when Makershed held their holiday sales, it
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LilyPad MP3 Player
December 5, 2015 After a long break from Arduino, and electronics in general, I wanted to jump back in with
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Frosty Fuzz
A friend of ours has a vintage Acetone Fuzzmaster. My father copied and made several versions it, and was researching different
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Delptronics Synth in a Box
In January 2015, I finally got brave enough to tackle the Synth in a Box project that I picked up
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Open BCI
I’ve always been interested in brain/computer interfacing, but never knew much about the field. When the OpenBCI open source platform came
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Assam Guitar Booster
Tayda Electronics (where I get many of my parts) calls this their “Super Hard On” circuit. I used a loose
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Cracklebox
This project was built from a kit that I got from fellow electro artist Michael Victor at EM2014’s swap meet.
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SparkPunk Sequencer
At the end of August I built the SparkPunk Sound Kit, and used an EHX 8-Step to trigger the kit
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SparkPunk Project
It has been a while since I built something, so here’s a little project that was a lot of fun,
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Gemma Owl Screech Project
Moving on to smaller platforms, I tried out the Gemma device that Adafruit puts out, and built the inner workings
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Adafruit WiFi (CC3000) Shield and Xively
The SensorMote project was educational, but I found Zigbee to be a bit difficult to set up, and wanted to
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TV B GONE
The TV B Gone can be used to turn off just about any screen from a distance. Lots of fun.
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Teensy and Wii Chucks
I’ve been returning to my Arduino projects in the past few weeks, and have been taking a course in Processing (the basis
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Adafruit Audio FX Sound Board
My quest for an easy-to-use, high-quality audio board pretty much came to an end when Adafruit released their Audio FX
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Arduino: Adafruit VS1053 Audio Board
Next in my exploration of Arduino-compatible audio boards is Adafruit’s compact and multi-functional VS1053. This board came out earlier this
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Arduino: SensorMote Project
SensorMote Project 3/31/13 After watching the Distributed Environmental Data: On the Ground at the Data Sensing Lab video I was
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Arduino: Rugged Audio Shield
3/6/13 Rugged Audio Shield – Session 1 The Rugged Audio Shield can function as both a sound generator, and a
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Arduino: Seeed Studio Music Shield v1.0
Seeed (sic) Studio Music Shield v1.0 (VS1053B codec chip) The first time I worked with this board, I was running
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Arduino: Capacitive Sensing Noisemaker
After creating a more fully-outfitted workbench, I dove into a capacitive sensing noise maker, commonly known as a Theremin. Although, to be
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Sparkfun MP3 Trigger v2.0
Jan/Feb 2013 After working with the Adafruit Wave Shield, I wanted something a bit more compact. Enter the Sparkfun MP3 Trigger
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Arduino: My Journey Begins
I knew my interest in electronic music and the maker movement would come together at some point. It was just
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Optical Theremin Experiments
Some experiments with an optical theremin and some effects pedals… used in one of my electro performances.    
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