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.)”
While inspired by instruments like the Mellotron and Ondes Martenot, the OM-1 uses a standard cassette tape as its audio source, so its sound is completely up to you:… Read More The Onde Magnétique Is Like A Cassette Tape Mellotron
Axel Bluhme’s XOXX Composer is a tangible beat sequencer that uses magnets stuck to wheels to sequence cyclical rhythms. XOXX Composer features eight rotating discs, so eight sound samples can be sequenced at one time. Each disc is quantized into 16 steps. Below each disc there is a physical interface for pitch tuning and volume output. Here’s a demo of… Read More XOXX Composer Is ‘A Music Box For The Digital Era’
At the 2016 Summer NAMM Show, we talked with Gizmotron about their Gizmotron 2.0 – an electro-mechanical bowing device that attaches to electric guitar or bass, enabling players to produce string sounds such as cello, viola or violin. The Gizmotron 2.0 debuted at a previous NAMM Show, but it is now available for both guitar and… Read More Gizmotron 2.0 Overview & Demo
This video captures Jay Harrison’s Electromechanical Lithophone playing an arrangement of Mr. Blue Sky, by Electric Light Orchestra. The installation was filmed at the Museum of Modern Art Wales as a part of the Machynlleth Comedy Festival 2016.
The arts collective Data Garden has announced that they have 60 of their MIDI Sprout devices, MIDI interfaces for plant biodata sonification, that they will make available on May 22nd, 2016. The MIDI Sprout was originally produced via a Kickstarter project. Here’s how the MIDI Sprout works:
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
At Superbooth 16, we talked with Leaf Audio’s Manuel (Manu) Richter about the Noise Banana – a simple synth, based on a CMOS oscillator, with power starving and light control.