Oh yes of course - I see lots of referencing around the place, and I’m keen to follow that tradition as I adapt things to my liking. I like also that it creates a loose heritage to follow back on, as websites and resources disappear regularly from the net, at least you can see the names of what someone was basing their design on (I’m thinking about CGS).
This is all great to learn - really I always find such huge differences between each scene I dip my toes into I like to ask straight up what the culture is rather than offending.
My plan is to share the schematics and redesigns on Github fully open like I would my code. This way it’s in a place that may outlive me (for example the recent inclusion (2 years ago I think?) of all of Github open source stuff into the arctic vault. It’s pretty cool to think that it will last for about 10,000 years if all goes well, and can be read by the human eye as well as a computer.
I aim to try and waken up some of Australia’s local scene for kit/diy circuit board stuff. I remember the early days of Arduino around 2005/2006 it was so exciting here - so many people offering their own little shields and clones locally, and all in through hole form so you could make adjustments as needed or repair easily on the fly (there was a motor driver shield I used around that time that was meant for 12V but I wanted to drive 24V so I switched some resistors to make that possible).
I want to offer kit/PCBs of various things that I use a lot in my arts practice for people to assemble/modify as they see fit. There is a pretty chunky hurdle here in cheap and fast PCB manufacturing which I think has slowed this whole scene down here. You can have one, not the other though which tends to push this kind of work away. It also means that if we buy something from OS it’s expensive (because of exchange rates with our weak dollar) and enormously slow (I had a PCB for my Amiga 500 take literally months to get here from Germany last year).
These will be cheap, and made to mainly cover their cost, but to also try and help what I see as a waning scene here, turning most people in just consumers of buying fully finished products without getting their hands dirty. So that’s why I ask.
Mostly I’ll focus on stuff I endlessly make by hand to drive my sculptures (lots of MIDI to whatever PCBs, and XBee wireless interfaces for motor/solenoid drive etc) but I want to also integrate some synth stuff as I’m keen on moving into physically patching logic to drive some of my sculptures, rather than programming, which I feel could be an interesting crossover between analogue modular synth and kinetic/mechatronic sculpture. So my designs will mostly live in that crossover world, adapting and expanding old basic modules to do things that weren’t intended originally.
Thanks for such a great bunch of responses too - it’s a super friendly place in here in comparison to various other forums and places I interact online with.