I've been making music and instruments as Cutlasses for 7 or so years. I started combining the making of hardware with the making of music when I needed a MIDI pedal to control my live set, and nothing on the market fitted the bill. I used a Teensy development board to make my own pedal. Once I'd discovered the Teensy Audio Library I went down a bit of a rabbit hole and have been making digital effects ever since, as well as electro-acoustic noise boxes using piezo contact mics. Which I incorporate into both my live sets, and recorded material. I am now working with STM32 micro controllers to make my own effects for the Eurorack modular synth format.