Korg's Cliphit Turns Whatever's In Reach Into an Instant Drum Kit

With a pair of drumsticks (or pencils) and a good imagination, anything can be turned into an impromptu drum kit. But Korg doesn't want you to have to settle for imaginary sounds, or your terrible beatboxing skills. Its new Cliphit uses three cabled clips that attach and turn almost anything into drum pads that… » 9/04/14 11:50am 9/04/14 11:50am

Remote Control Drumming Toy Keeps the Beat Without Any Electronics

If you've lost count of how many times you'd wished you could've drummed along to a song with a set of remote controls in your hands instead of drumsticks, here's an adorably-odd toy called Mr. Knocky that does the actual drumming for you—without electronics, batteries, or incompatibilities with your OS of choice. » 8/11/14 3:11pm 8/11/14 3:11pm

The First 3D-Printed Saxophone Sounds Surprisingly Decent

We all know that 3D printers are great for churning out plastic trinkets and tiny sculptures of questionable artistic worth, but what makes the technology truly exciting is when users push the its current limitations to create something remarkable, like a playable plastic saxophone that doesn't sound half bad. » 8/05/14 10:25am 8/05/14 10:25am

How an Atomic Clock Was Used to Record a House-Sized Instrument

Nestled on a Malibu hillside, three miles up a corkscrew-like road from the Pacific Coast Highway, sits a very peculiar house. Protruding through a missing window in the basement are 18 brass strings, tethered to a mountain 30 yards away. And at any time of day, you might hear their haunting vibrations echoing on the… » 7/30/14 2:45pm 7/30/14 2:45pm

A MIDI Joystick Is Definitely the Best Way To Play Music

In the music video for his aptly-named track Arcade, M4SONIC is seen playing a custom-made arcade-style joystick that's actually a MIDI instrument. Instead of using a piano keyboard, or a rhythm pad filled with countless buttons to trigger MIDI samples, this creation let M4SONIC channel his childhood Street Fighter » 5/30/14 6:20pm 5/30/14 6:20pm

An iPad-Controlled Drum Machine That Plays Whatever You've Got

If you've ever realized how much potential a box of dry pasta has as a shakeable instrument, you'll immediately understand why Lorenzo Bravi's Hit the Beat drum machine is so wonderful. Because whatever you've got on hand, from dry beans to bottle camps, suddenly becomes a real-life drum sample. » 5/30/14 2:40pm 5/30/14 2:40pm

Magnetic Cello Comes With No Strings Attached

Last year's laser violin was the first re-imagined stringed instrument that didn't actually have any strings. And not to be outdone in the orchestra pit of the future, this year it's the cello's turn to get a fancy stringless upgrade. But instead of lasers, the Magnetovore opts for magnets, requiring the musician to… » 5/30/14 1:40pm 5/30/14 1:40pm

A One-String Pen-Sized Guitar That Almost Plays Like the Real Thing

They're not as awkward to transport as a piano or a cello, but guitars are far from being the easiest instrument to travel with. And if air guitar never really satisfies your desire to play while away from your instrument, this pen-sized single-string playable guitar might be a better traveling companion. » 4/28/14 8:01am 4/28/14 8:01am

MIDI Software That Turns Your Voice Into Instruments If You Can't Play

MIDI—the Musical Instrument Digital Interface—lets anyone with just an electronic keyboard, or other simple interface device, recreate an entire orchestra's worth of sounds. But what if you can't even play a keyboard? That's where a new piece of software called imitone can save the day, turning your voice (or other… » 4/03/14 2:20pm 4/03/14 2:20pm

If Stonehenge Is Actually a Giant Instrument, What Does It Sound Like?

We know that the rocks of Stonehenge were carried there from over 200 miles away, but we've never known why. Now, researchers say they believe it was for the special sonic qualities of a particular kind of stone—and that Stonehenge might have served as a bell-like instrument. » 3/09/14 4:00pm 3/09/14 4:00pm

This Bionic Drummer Arm Is Like Def Leppard 2.0

Like Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen who lost his arm in an accident but kept on performing, aspiring drummer Jason Barnes didn't let losing his right arm two years ago deter him from realizing his dream. He built a crude prosthetic using springs that allowed him to keep on drumming, but after enrolling at the Atlanta… » 3/06/14 9:41am 3/06/14 9:41am

A Drum Machine In a Guitar Pedal Is a Genius Idea

Drummers are the worst, but for guitar players, the options are limited. You either get a drummer or deal with a bunch of extra gear to replace a drummer. Which is why Beat Buddy, despite its really unfortunate name, is a totally intriguing. It could be the simple hands-free drum machine guitar players have been… » 1/14/14 6:00pm 1/14/14 6:00pm

This 8-Bit Harmonica Makes Blowing Into NES Carts Musical

Even if the original Nintendo Entertainment System was well before your time, you're probably still aware of a well-known issue that prevented games from working until you blew into the cartridges to clean off the contacts. Taking that idea one step further, YouTuber Basami Sentaku has turned a few old NES (or… » 1/14/14 11:00am 1/14/14 11:00am

8 Otherworldly Songs Performed On Instruments Made Of Ice

We're smack-dab in the middle of winter and baby, it's cold outside (or so I've heard; I live over in LOL). I imagine that it might be tough to find the beauty in yet another day of sub-zero temperatures, but for some enterprising creative types, bone-chilling frost is more than a major nuisance—it's the stuff that… » 1/14/14 9:00am 1/14/14 9:00am

This Keyboard Turns a Dial Up Modem's Screeches Into "Beautiful" Music

Not so long ago, hopping onto the internet required more than just opening a browser. In the dial up days you'd have to wait for your modem to screech and squawk as it connected. Looking back through years of nostalgia, those sounds were strangely satisfying and often times melodic, which explains why someone has… » 12/17/13 4:20pm 12/17/13 4:20pm

Build This Ray Gun Synth That Generates Wonderfully Retro PewPew Sounds

Usually, if you're building your own synthesizer, you have aspirations of composing the next great techno track. But this kit—available from the Maker SHED for just $20—lets you build a wonderful toy ray gun that generates electronic "pewpew" sound effects. And, instead of just cycling through various sounds like you… » 11/28/13 9:00pm 11/28/13 9:00pm