Hackers love to take kids’ toys and cheap gadgets and turn them into electronic noisemakers using a technique long referred to as “circuit bending.” Usually you find something like a mutant Furby or maybe an Atari joystick – or a combo.
What do you get when you combine a taxidermied badger with a theremin? You get the Badgermin. Yes, in this world of “if it can be done, why not try it?” somebody actually has created what is likely to be the first ever electronic instrument stuffed inside a dead animal.
Electronic musicians and DJs, here’s something you guys will probably love. It’s a new MIDI/USB controller which looks pretty spectactular, especially when you consider the relatively low price, which starts at just 200 bucks.
Musicians looking to add effects to their performances have a variety of ways they can do this – using dedicated “stomp boxes”, standalone effects processors, and even apps on their iPhone or iPad. This device will give musicians yet another way to produce effects, which integrates more naturally into their performance.
Electronic musicians, here’s another new gadget you might just have to add to your arsenal of music-making toys. The Maschine Mikro is a moderately priced, but professional-grade music composition tool, designed for use in the studio or in live performances.
The geeks over at ThinkGeek have added a new shirt to their collection of shirts that you can use to create your own band. They already have a guitar shirt and a drum shirt and now you can add this synthesizer shirt to the line to complete your 80’s T-shirt tribute band.
I certainly don’t remember my old Nintendo controller making crazy sounds, but I actually rather like the idea of building synthesizers into old video game controllers.
Gadget hacker Michael Rucci builds his audio mods into old electronic toys and other salvaged parts, but my personal faves are his Nintendo controller synths.
The following sentence from the description for this music video for Germany’s Kabelbrand pretty much sums it up… “Godzilla Squirrel attacks Cologne !!!” Got it? Good.
Oh, they forgot to mention the part about the chainsaw.
To me, yes it does. Keytar is just too silly for me, right down there with slanket and yogilates. I can roll with shoulder synthesizer though, and that’s exactly what we have today, the Lucina AX-09 by Roland.
Here’s an interesting idea for a spare-time electronics project this weekend. Take a glove, a bunch of cassette tapes, the playback heads from a couple of old tape decks, an amplifier and some glue, and what do you get?
If you’re into cranking out some really big electronic sounds, you might want to check out this nifty little device called the Wicks Looper – Acid Mix.
The $119 (USD) gadget from Australia’s Rarebeasts can push out some really thick electronic noise loops, perfect for live electronic performances.
At first glance at this ridiculous looking thing, I thought I was looking at some sort of wooden kids’ toy. But this oddball device is actually a synthesizer.
Created by Alex Abreu & Ithai Benjamin, the Synthinetic is simply described as “The little kinetic noisy synthesizer of your dreams.” Assuming your dreams include strange squeaky, bleepy noises, I suppose.