Our September event will be a themed hack night focused on getting started with Arduino micro-controllers. There are tons of hacks, mods, and DIY instruments you can create using these things. From playing a simple tune to making your own midi controllers, the only limit is your creativity. Here are some examples on the Arduino blog http://blog.arduino.cc/category/music/.
Applied Trust and Soundkeep will be providing some Arduinos for us to hack on. You are welcome to use them and if you'd like to take one home, just cover the cost ($30) and its yours.
Feel free to buy your own ahead of time and bring it in as well. Here is the link to the model we will be using https://www.sparkfun.com/products/10889. You will also need this cable https://www.sparkfun.com/products/11301. The Ardunio Proto-snap comes with a few key components already wired together so you can jump right into programming it. Its the easiest way to get started.
Be sure and bring a laptop along since you will need to write the program on your computer and then upload it to the arduino via usb.
If you aren't a programmer, don't worry, programming an arduino is actually a great way to get started learning.
If you are sure you really want to get into an arduino project and don't mind spending some extra cash, I recommend the Sparkfun Inventors Kit https://www.sparkfun.com/products/11576. It comes with a lot of cool components to experiment and learn with. It does require to you have an understanding of how to wire circuits together, but the instructions it comes with are very easy to follow.
If you do plan on bringing in your own Arduino, please let us know in the comments so we know how many we need to provide.
I'll do a short workshop at the beginning to showing you how to do some basic things like blink an led and make a theremin using the light sensor and the buzzer. After that you'll be cut loose to tinker around and make what you want. If there is a lot of interest we will do some more advanced follow up events.
Beer and food will be provided by our awesome sponsor Applied Trust!
I look forward to seeing you all there!