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MAKE Asks: is a weekly column where we ask you, our readers, for responses to maker-related questions. We hope the column sparks interesting conversation and is a way for us to get to know more about each other.

This week’s question: There are often common skills that we can bring to the table when working on a project, whether they be in fabrication, mechanics, programming, and more. What is a skill that you have that comes out of left field to aid you when making something?

I am a musician in addition to a maker, and I find that this background comes into the fold when I least expect it. Whether it’s how I think about sequence, signal routing, and of course in building musical instruments, that skill can be relied upon to pop up in my aid again and again.

Post your responses in the comments section.

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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