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

tinyTesla Tesla Coil Kit Lets You Shoot Lightning, Make Sweet MIDI-Controlled Music

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oneTesla let us know about tinyTesla, a new Kickstarter project to fund a little MIDI Tesla coil kit that’s designed to be easy to build.

tinyTesla is a desktop MIDI Tesla coil kit designed to be suitable for beginners or veterans in electronics. The project has blown past its $20,000 fundraising goal, with more than 10 times that amount already pledged. Backers can get a kit to build a MIDI tesla coil for about $150.

The Tesla coil’s lightning heats up air and creates pressure waves that are audible as sound. The more times per second the lightning fires, the higher the pitch created.

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Mobile Synthesis & Future Forward Controllers

At Moogfest 2014, developer/musician Geert Bevin gave a discussion on Mobile Synthesis & Future Forward Controllers.

Bevin has extensive experience working with new music controllers, as both a musician and developer. He’s an early adopter of the Eigenlabs Eigenharp and is also the developer of GECO MIDI, a gestural MIDI control app for the Leap Motion. Continue reading