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MAKE Asks: Making and the Arts

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: We all know that making isn’t just nuts and bolts– there’s plenty of creativity involved. Do you have an artistic talent that informs what you make in some way?

I was a professional musician for many years, and when I think about it, it was the desire to build my own guitar pedal that got me into making. The pedal was a failure, but it got me curious, and in the coming years I successfully built effects and even musical instruments.

Post your responses in the comments section.


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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