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The UK-based electronic instrument maker known simply as the Sonic Manipulator demonstrates some of his unusual audio devices for the fine people of Earth -

The Claude-a-tron – sort of a throttle-synth that seems surprisingly playable, with “pitch & volume, with oscillator modulation, bass & percussion control”

… and the Rap Rod, a push/pull controlled audio scratching device, which appears to use a handheld cassette playhead with tape samples (though more likely an advance alien technology?)

Check out the Sonic Manipulator’s site for his (its?) full collection of instrument demos. [via Create Digital Music]

Collin Cunningham

Collin Cunningham

Born, drew a lot, made video, made music on 4-track, then computer, more songwriting, met future wife, went to art school for video major, made websites, toured in a band, worked as web media tech, discovered electronics, taught myself electronics, blogged about DIY electronics, made web videos about electronics and made music for them … and I still do!


  • Shane

    The sonic manipulator annoys and frustrates the residents of Melbourne, Australia, not the UK. He’s usually on the corner of Swanston and Bourke Sts every Friday and Saturday evenings.

  • Sonic Manipulator fan

    Hey Shane,

    Speak for yourself – heaps of people love this guy in Australia, USA, UK – the world. Check out his guest book on his website: http://www.sonicmanipulator.com

    Not only is he a great entertainer, he is also a genius at making new musical instruments and doing something creative and different, so go pick on someone else.

    from a fan of THE SONIC MANIPULATOR

  • Martin and Carly

    We had the ultimate pleasure of witnessing the Sonic Manipulator at this years green man festival in Wales – the highlight of the whole three days! We hope he never manages to fix his ion drive, Mars’ gain will be Earths loss…

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