Music

The latest DIY ideas, techniques and tools for composing, editing and instrument-creation from MIDI machines to cigar guitars.

Abacus + Synth = Abacasynth

Abacus + Synth = Abacasynth

Creative musical interfaces are always a pleasure to find. This one was circulating around twitter this week and really caught our attention. This is the Abacusynth, by Elias Jarzombek. This interesting interface is a musical device that was inspired by how people interact with an abacus. By presenting an easy to understand physical interface, this […]

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This Instrument Uses The Most Powerful Musical Chord Progression To Make You Rock

This Instrument Uses The Most Powerful Musical Chord Progression To Make You Rock

Studying an instrument is a lengthy and worthwhile process, but what if you want to rock out today? I made the Instant Star Guitar so that I could get right to the fun part of playing music. You might remember a video by the band “Axis of Awesome” (some cussing) who famously pointed out that the same 4-chord progression […]

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Make:cast – Making New Music With Helen Leigh

Make:cast – Making New Music With Helen Leigh

In this conversation with Helen Leigh, we talk about technology from reel-to-reel tape recorders to synthesizers and to making electronic music with Makey-Makey and the Bela board. Helen is an advocate for people learning how to make their own instruments, to experiment with music and be makers of your own kind of music.

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The Maker Music Festival Is Looking For Musicians

The Maker Music Festival Is Looking For Musicians

The Maker Music Festival celebrates the makers of innovative, experimental and just plain unusual musical instruments.

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Skill Builder: Midi For Makers

Skill Builder: Midi For Makers

The 38-year-old standard for musical instrument interfacing is still a useful tool for tunes and art alike

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Brandon’s Player Piano Took Patience, and A Whole Lot of Solenoids

Brandon’s Player Piano Took Patience, and A Whole Lot of Solenoids

Brandon Switzer had a grand image in mind when he set off to create this player piano. Like most of us, he had an arduino that had been sitting there doing nothing for quite some time. He needed a project to focus his attention and learn some things. He landed on the idea of making […]

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