Alex Glowaski created the Stylotar - a Stylophone + electric guitar hybrid that is finger-licking nasty.
“My favorite aspect of this misbegotten thing is that it?s an electronic instrument that must be wet to play,” notes Glowaski. “The conductivity isn?t great, so unless you?re a really sweaty person by nature, you need a little help to make the connection between the back strip and the thumbtacks.”
Here’s the video demo of the Stylotar in action: Continue reading
Musikmesse 2013: Startup instrument maker Dualo is introducing a new musical instrument with a unique keyboard layout, the du-touch ß.
The instrument features dual hexagonal keyboards, designed to more closely reflect the actual relationships between pitches.
According to the dualo principle, the notes of a scale are arranged alternatively on both hands. For example, in, C major, there is a chord of C major on the right hand (C – E – G – B) and a chord of D minor on the left hand (D – F – A – C). In addition, the position of the fingers on the keyboards is always the same even, if you change the tonality of the the chord.
Here’s a video introduction to the Dualo du-touch ß: Continue reading
Cyberpunk creator Sarah Petkus created these DIY theremin goggles.
“These audio goggles produce an awesome and annoying tone that can be altered by the amount of light hitting them,” explains Petkus.
Here’s what she has to say about her theremin goggles:
Blinking, fading, and color changing lights are a standard for eye catching goggles. This being said, I decided to change it up a bit and make a set that would engage the wearer in the production of sound.
This video, via Thierry Frenkel, is a demonstration of the re-developed Theremin Cello.
Here’s what Frenkel has to say about the Theremin Cello: Continue reading
Pioneering electronic musician Bruce Haack visited Mr Rogers Neighborhood on May 22, 1968, blowing minds of children everywhere.
Watch closely, and you’ll see that Haack demonstrates a wide range of electronic music techniques that a lot of musicians would consider experimental today, close to 50 years later. Haack’s techniques included circuit bending, found instruments, experimental instrument interfaces, skin conductance music controllers, gestural controllers and more. Continue reading
Back in 2010, we featured a demo of Dylan Menzies? O-Bow optical bow prototype, an experimental controller for electronic musicians.
Here’s a demo of the latest version (prototype 5). Continue reading