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Maker Spotlight: W. Michelle Harris

Maker Spotlight: W. Michelle Harris

Digital artist + RIT assoc. professor W.Michelle Harris makes a Rochester crosswalk sing and explores the boundaries of conceptual, digital art.

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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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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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Building a  “Brown Sound” Amplifier Inspired by Eddie Van Halen

Building a “Brown Sound” Amplifier Inspired by Eddie Van Halen

Shian Storm sought the legendary guitar tone of Eddie Van Halen, and embarked on a years-long journey to design and build an amplifier that could bring it to life.

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Eddie Van Halen’s DIY Maker Story

Eddie Van Halen’s DIY Maker Story

Eddie Van Halen, considered by many to be the best Rock ’N Roll guitarist, passed away on October 6, 2020. I must admit I knew little about him and his music. However, as I read a few stories about him, I became curious to learn more. In this 2019 interview with Denise Quan, part of […]

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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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