Thursday, December 8, 2011

Monster version of Elektor Formant

Siegfried Brückner has built a HUGE version of a 70's DIY synth project from the Elektor magazine.

See the Monster-Formant in action:

"the Elektor Formant is a Moog-ish DIY synthesizer presented in Elektor in several episodes way back in 1977 and replicated as fantastic project by an extraordinary number of people at the time, complete with many extensions."

Via Elektor magazine.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Circuit bent Stewie in the pocket

Via electro-music.

Made me lol.

More of Björk's new instruments

You must watch this video from start to the end... Quite a lot of uncommon instruments being prepared...

Making of Björk's Gameleste

This is really cool!

Quoting the Vimeo page:
Björk commissioned several custom instruments for the shows surrounding the release of 'Biophilia' - one is a hybrid gamelan celeste; the original steel bars of a vintage orchestral celeste were replaced with bronze tonebars hand-made by UK cymbalsmith Matt Nolan, and the instrument was rebuilt and MIDIfied by Iceland's top organ-maker, Björgvin Tòmasson.

This is a 2-minute brief montage of the making of the 'Gameleste'

Camera: Andy McCreeth
Editing: Andy McCreeth and Matt Nolan
Soundtrack Music: Matt Nolan

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

ToneMatrix Touch

This is a touch-based synthesizer made as a student project. It's based on a flash synthesizer of the same name.

I don't really understand how it works or is controlled... Check the video to see for yourself!

ToneMatrix Touch Demo

ToneMatrix Touch Tour

The Optigan resurrected!

The Optigan was a 1970's organ based on optical rotating discs. In fact, it was much more than just an organ: it was more like a sampler. You could even play pre-recorded beats with it and more. The problem is that the Optigan is very rare nowadays. However, the discs are still available... Gan at decided to make his own Optigan. Very impressive!

Here's the video!

[Found via Hackaday]

Thursday, April 21, 2011

The Verrophone

While reading the Google Books preview of Thomas D. Rossing's book Science of percussion instruments, I stumbled across the Verrophone. The Verrophone is quite close to a glass harp made of wine glasses, only it looks much cooler, being made out of big glass tubes. The sound is sharper and with more attack than the glass harp.

Here's a nice piece with a verrophone and a glass harp.


For the HC Verrophone fans, here's a Verrophone wallpaper!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Laser-cut violin

Ranjit made a sharp-looking violin with a laser cutter. He calls it "the 8-bit violin", for a reason!

Below is a video of it being played.

[Found via Hackaday]

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Robotic harmonica

Another musical robot! These guys built a harmonica-playing machine. I got to say it's not very flexible, and seems it can play only simple songs. Anyway, interesting idea, and a lot of work invested into something so crazy! See the video here.

[Found via Hackaday]

Friday, April 8, 2011

Glitchy beats on Nintendo DS

glitchDS is a unique freeware sequencer for the Nintendo DS. Like the 2112 sequencer we saw earlier, the glitchDS is also based on Conway's Game of Life.

Here's a couple of tasty videos of the glitchDS in action:

Thursday, April 7, 2011

DIY telephone handset microphone

This guy made a microphone out of a telephone handset and made an instructable out of it. He used quite simple electronics and the sound quality is not very good, as you can hear in the demo video he posted. Anyway, it's a nice idea and gives some use for the old wired telephones.

See also this cool video of a studio performance with two DIY headset mics!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Game of Life sequencer

This crazy sequencer called 2112 switches a 4x8 matrix based on the Game of Life!
Why? So you could ask!

See below a video of it rigged to a Buchla 200e! Plus another two videos, if you didn't get enough from the first one!

[found via Hack a Day]

Welcome to my new blog!

Hi there!

This is the first post to thingstruments, a blog about strange instruments, pioneers who create them and virtuosos that play them. There will also be posts about software instruments, sound related programs, do-it-yourself guides and even schematics. The instruments will vary a lot, from acoustic to electronic to electromechanical constructions... Basically if it makes a sound, it fits here.

As I get this thing started, I will try my best to have at least one post per day, with two to three being the preference. But let's see how it goes. Posts will be shortish, with pictures & videos, and links to the original pages.

After Tom Whitwell's Music Thing, my all time favourite blog, closed in January 2009, I felt like the internet had a hole in it. This blog will try to fill that hole at least partly, providing some strange & funny news about crazy musical things. It will be no Music Thing, I'm not even a native english speaker, but I'll try my best to make it an entertaining blog!

Let's see how it works!