Meet the maker: Mateo Mena

Project Maker (s): Mateo Mena

Country/Area: Vigo, Spain

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Maker Bio:

As a passionate person since my childhood in electricity and sound, I have been investigating for the last decade in ways and materials to create new electronic instruments.

After graduating with a degree in Electronic Engineering and Musical Composition, I continued my academic training studying artisanal construction of musical instruments and goldsmithing, in an attempt to reduce my working materials to those sustainable ones such as wood, metals or glass.

I’ve presented to the Maker Music Festival two of my designs, the “Hypercubes” and the “Serinette”. I think this will be a really good opportunity to contact with other inventors and makers around the world, and make interesting connections!

Project Name: Serinette

Project Introduction:

These new electronic Serinettes are a revision of the ancient french instruments, renewing the sound but keeping the artisanal approach. Constructed in 2020, the main circuit is based on an 8 step sequencer with the possibility to control the envelope of the sound, speed, volume and each one of the steps independently. It was made with traditional woodcrafting techniques, and handcrafted using autochthonous wood like Chestnut (Castanea sativa) or Oak (Quercus robur). The knobs are lathed one by one with Olive (Olea europaea) with brass for all inlays and ornaments.

– 8 independent potentiometer to controll the pitch of the notes, thus creating sequences
– 8 toggle switches to turn the steps on or off
– Volume, controls the output amplitude
– Speed, controls the speed of the sequence
– Reset connector clip
– Attack, controls the beginning of the envelope for each note
– Release, controls the end of the envelope for each note
– 8 brass connectors, to reset the number of steps per sequence

Special Thanks

to Maker Music Festival for inviting this amazing project to exhibit on Maker Faire Shenzhen 2021.



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