The Musical Invention of Bart Hopkin

The Musical Invention of Bart Hopkin

We’ve written about the work of instrument inventor and musician Bart Hopkin here on MAKE before. But I just spent some quality time on his site today and am enchanted for the experience. A lot of instrument inventors/builders create objects that look cool but don’t sound very… instrumental. Others create devices that make great sounds but aren’t much to look at. Bart’s pieces are novel, gorgeous, and sound amazing.

The instruments pictured above are the Zing Forest, the Bass Cat’s Face, and the Branching Carrugahorn. His site includes photos and sound files for these and dozens of other lovely and whimsical sound-makers. [Thanks, Sara!]

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Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. His free weekly-ish maker tips newsletter can be found at

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