Hi, I'm Noah Vawter, a.k.a. Shifty.

I have taken a break from Transmissions From The Garage , to do research here at the MIT Media Lab. Minimal Blog.

This summer, I'm working at the Echo Nest, a music intelligence startup in Somerville, Massachusetts.

noah at the controls


Engineer and musician Noah Vawter is best known for inventing Ambient Addition, the 1-bit groovebox, PSPKick and combyop synthesis. In each of these musical instruments, he combines math and design ideas to illuminate the situation around music, encouraging the democratic notions of freedom and cooperation. He is currently a Ph. D. candidate studying with the Computing Culture Research Group at the MIT Media Lab in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

When not doing that, Noah relaxes by eating brunch and bicycling.


Ambient Addition (Master's Thesis)
Sonic Authority
Solar Vehicle Town Design
Religious Speech Sensor
Smooth Ride
Rachel Corrie Memorial
Google Maps Hack (large maps)
The 1-Bit Groove Box
Rhythm Classification
Web Synths
Ideal PowerBook EQ Settings
Upper Air
Synth From Nothin'
Pre-MIT Portfolio
Don't Walk - Fly!


Computing Culture - My research groooop

The Lithium Report - How make circuits for recharageable batteries

Notes for synthesizing sound in python for Other Product class 3/5/2007

The new Number Six - embedded microcontroller for starving artists

How to connect a USBSerial adaptor to Number Six

Audio Board for Number 6 - make guitar effects

Chalk Roach - Brechtian Microcontroller

ITRI Fellows Wiki

Pix, Music and Fun

Snackmaster: The During Math - the last full album I recorded

Snackmaster on MySpace

Caleb Neelon's extremely assymetrical face

Pictures from the Second Annual Circuit Bending Festival at the Tank in NYC  

Wired magazine article about it

PSPKick Drum machine for Sony PSP


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