The Owl Theremin is a custom taxidermy + custom electronic instrument project created by Nervous Squirrel.
- The theremin is a PAiA Theremax.
- The owl is a Southern Boobok.
- The owl rests on a sliding carriage, which can slide along four vertical bars fixed inside the log. When the motor is turned on, a winch mechanism winds a length of sash cord, which loops over the top of a second pulley, which in turn lifts up the sliding carriage. When the carriage reaches the top, a limit switch is automatically pressed, switching off the motor. For the owl to descend, the owl activation switch is flipped once more, reversing the polarity of the motor, allowing the carriage to be lowered down onto another limit switch.
- The antennae disconnect for ease of transportation, and the lower half of the stand can be unbolted.
- There’s an ‘activate owl’ switch.
Lucy Sansom turned her sister into a human theremin using conductive ink.
Here’s what Sansom has to say about the project: Continue reading
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