Inside Therevox Custom Musical Instruments

Reader Stephen Young created this short film, Therevox – Wood & Wires, which takes a look inside the workshop of Therevox Custom Musical Instruments.

Since 2004, Mike Beauchamp’s Therevox has made instruments in the tradition of Paul Tanner’s Electro-Theremin and the Ondes Martenot.

Their ET-4 line is controlled by moving a finger along a reference keyboard, shaped to provide tactile feedback. Dual pressure sensitive intensity keys control the amplitude of the ET-4’s two independent analog oscillators. The ET-4’s performance options are rounded out by a low-pass filter, white noise generator and internal spring reverb.

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Seven Year-Old Kid Demos The Elektron Analog Four, Covers Depeche Mode

Reader Tubesockor started his son out young, teaching him how to use the Elektron Analog Four.

Now his son is covering Depeche Mode. Here’s what he has to say about the video:

My 7-year old son started to learn my Elekron Analog Four, and actually got pretty good at it. Since he loves “Photographic” by Depeche Mode (and had been playing it on the piano) he taught himself to program it into the A4.

One day I thought I should just capture what he’s doing on video to keep as a memory, and a the same time learn a two-cam setup. This is the result – all filmed in one go. There are English subtitles available in the video as well.

How to Build a Magnetized Piano Harp

This episode of Motherboard’s Sound Builders features Brooklyn electroacoustic artist Andy Cavatorta. He’s an inventor, sculptor, and instrument designer latest project is a magnetized piano harp.

The magnetized piano harp can be played directly, by stroking, plucking or striking the piano strings, but also can be played via a MIDI keyboard that controls electromagnets, which cause the strings to vibrate.  Continue reading