In this video, via Tunnel HQ, Luke Randall gives a hands-on demo of his ‘Sony Mellotron‘ – an impressive DIY sample-playback keyboard that he created with 14 standard Walkman cassette players.
Each Walkman plays a stereo cassette tape, which plays back a tape that’s prepared with dual mono channels.
The keyboard can be used to play up to 28 notes, but Randall has loaded part of the keyboard with choral samples on specially prepared cassettes, and the others with standard cassettes to allow random sampling.
“I find it to be unpredictable, and that unpredictability….is what’s intriguing about it,” explains Randall. “It has an unlimited potential to generate random noises.”