In this video, Chris Randall (Analog Industries) demonstrates one way to use a cassette four-track recorder as a performance instrument. Randall describes it as “A quick demo of using a cassette 4-track as an instrument. (Or: How to get a Cm7 chord in to your song the hard way.)”
Swedish Band Wintergatan shared a new video featuring two new custom electroacoustic instruments. The instruments, created by Wintergatan’s Martin Molin, include: The Music Box – a electro-mechanical music box that uses a punched strip to sequence the notes; and The Modulin – a hybrid modular synthesizer violin. The video captures a live performance, filmed in on take,… Read More Wintergatan Performs ‘All Was Well’ With DIY Music Box and Hybrid Modular Synth/Violin
The Netherlands are known for a lot of things: tulips, windmills, canals, Old Masters, space cakes and, of course, wooden shoes. Now, McDonalds in The Netherlands is adding something new to the list – DJ placemats: The McTrax, above, looks like a regular placemat, but it’s also a DJ controller, printed with conductive ink. You… Read More McDonalds Intros DJ Controller Placemats, Because – Wait For It – You Deserve A Break Today
And now for something completely different: Someone has made a middling pun into a real, working musical instrument: the NES Paul Guitar, an electric guitar, the body of which is made from — you guessed it — a Nintendo NES console. Calling it “the guitar that helped Mario save the princess,” custom guitar-maker DoniGuitars says… Read More The NES Paul, ‘The Guitar That Helped Mario Save the Princess”
Reader Daniel Müller – who previously created several LEGO Eurorack cases – has moved on to making Eurorack modules with LEGO parts.
This vintage video captures the time Mister Rogers had an ARP Soloist synthesizer in the neighborhood.
Jan Poope’s Audiopill – part of the art exhibition Prolapse of Love – is a conceptual art piece that is designed for “enjoying music from the inside”. According to Poope (aka Jan Strmiska):
ZVEX shared this video, demonstrating the Candela Vibrophase – a sort of steampunk, candle-powered Leslie effect. Here’s what they have to say about it: