Tribal Tools Kadabra Wireless Musical Instrument (Sneak Preview)

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At the 2016 NAMM Show, Tribal Tools introduced the Kadabra, a unique new wireless musical instrument.

The instrument is made of hardwood and combines electronics, software algorithms and ergonomic design.

There are 24 capacitive copper pipe keys carved into the lower part of the body, flanked by multicolored LED lighting. The upper section is home to 12 control buttons, three thumb buttons and three pressure sensors, six utility buttons and a wheel encoder. All of the buttons have been designed for durability and the lights correspond to scales, tones and functions to give the player a visual performance or learning reference.

Up to 16 different sounds can play simultaneously and motion sensors allow the player to control different parameters or produce specific sounds/effects with sharp or flowing movements.

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LEGO Eurorack Synthesizer Cases


Berlin-based reader Daniel Mueller let us know about his LEGO Eurorack modular synth cases designs.

“I am building cases for my music gear for a while now and just finished my second Lego Technic Eurorac Case,” says Mueller. “It is very stable and lightweight…and because of the fact that is build of Lego it is modular…that means you can attach more parts or change the depth, height , length…” Continue reading

The Amazing Instruments Of Chas Smith

This set of videos takes a look at LA composer & instrument builder Chas Smith, who translated his experience with construction welding construction into making unique instruments.

It’s a little off topic, but will be of interest to anyone fascinated by unique instruments and sound design.

Along the way, Smith shares his story of getting burned out on his construction career, and finding meaning through music.

“What do you do when you’re scared, broke and angry?” asks Smith. “Take drugs, get drunk, eat donuts? Build an instrument?” Continue reading

‘Synth Nazis Must Die’ Shirts Return

synth-nazis-must-dieSoftmachines let us know that their Synth Nazis Must Die shirts are back, after 3 years of unavailability.

The shirt is inspired by the Troma Entertainment film, Surf Nazis Must Die. The film tells the story of a mother’s quest, in a post-apocalyptic future, to hunt down and kill the neo-Nazi surf punks that killed her son.

For those not familiar with Troma oeuvre, check out the Surf Nazis Must Die trailer below and “Taste some of Mama’s home cooking!”:

Note: NSFW!
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Mogees Vibration Sensor Lets You Use Anything As A Musical Instrument

mogees-vibration-sensorUK-based Mogees shared a new preview video for their Mogees Vibration Sensor kit, which lets you use just about anything as a musical instrument.

Mogees works by combining a vibration sensor with music software that translates the vibrations of objects into expressive synthesized sound.

It also can be used to generate MIDI, letting you turn just about anything into a MIDI controller.

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Free Ableton Live Halloween Download From Francis Preve

the-hauntingWriter/producer Francis Prève has shared a free Ableton Live soundscape set – created entirely using FM synthesis with Operator.

Prève’s goal was to create a realistic Halloween-inspired soundscape as accurately as possible using synthesis – in this case, Ableton’s Operator soft synth – so that the result is a virtual environment that sounds real, but was created entirely in Live.

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Installation Turns Bitcoin Exchange To Music

Laboratoria Art & Science Space in Moscow is hosting an instrumental installation, Silk, which generates sound based according to the real-time changes in the market activities related to cryptocurrencies Bitcoin and Litecoin.

The artist, ::vtol:: explains how the installation works:

[The] constantly changing currency rate of of Bitcoin against major world currencies is influencing the strain of strings in installation and the way the picks are hitting them. The robotic system of the artwork is directed by a computer algorithm: influenced by dynamic changes of data, the installation sounds like a complex sound instrument.

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