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Tom Fox of VulpeInstruments has unveiled another one of his creations, which uses the action of a grand piano to bend the notes in a motor-controlled drone instrument. It’s called the Dronemachine MKII.

From Tom’s site:

This latest instrument is an evolution of The Dronemachine I made a few months back. It uses the outer core of an electric fan motor as a pickup, a cassette player motor drives a piece of string which causes the musical strings to vibrate. The wooden peg looking things are actually part of the action in a Grand Piano, when you press down on the end, they raise the washers and shorten the length of the wire. It’s a pretty simple concept but it’s taken me ages to figure out how to put it into action!

Michael Colombo

In addition to being an online editor for MAKE Magazine, Michael Colombo works in fabrication, electronics, sound design, music production and performance (Yes. All that.) In the past he has also been a childrens’ educator and entertainer, and holds a Masters degree from NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program.


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