Making Music with the Magnetotron

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Our own Michael Colombo created an instrument called the Magnetotron as a project for his New Interfaces for Musical Expression class at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program. Inspired by the glass armonica and the Mellotron, this instrument is made out of a large spinning cylinder with audio cassette tape glued to it. Recorded on each strip of audio tape is a different note, which can be played by placing paddles on them. Colombo says that while some people think it sounds like a “banshee or a weasel,” he has a lot of fans that like it and appreciate how he is repurposing old analog technology.

4 thoughts on “Making Music with the Magnetotron

  1. Moshe King says:

    This is a realy nice wark I love it hear is anther vershen of the same Idear but with recording and reading hads on the fingers
    http://technabob.com/blog/2010/03/12/analog-tape-glove/
    I think you might like this one becuse you cane recard inter strips of sond and play it bach at any spead will scraching and going backwards

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Matt Richardson is a San Francisco-based creative technologist and Contributing Editor at MAKE. He’s the co-author of Getting Started with Raspberry Pi and the author of Getting Started with BeagleBone.

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