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3D-Printed Flutes Can Produce Notes that Regular Flutes Can't

3D Printing has been around long enough for playable 3D-printed instruments to exist, but most musicians will still opt for one made using traditional methods. That could soon change, however, as researchers have found a way to design and 3D print musical instruments capable of producing unique notes that traditional… » 6/18/15 6:40pm 6/18/15 6:40pm

Meet the master saxophone maker who's so good he's considered a magician

There are so many moving parts in a saxophone (like hundreds of ‘em!) and so many holes and so much going on in the instrument that it always needs tinkering and adjustment so it’s no wonder that Steve Goodson, legendary saxophone designer and restorer, is basically considered a magician for what he does. Anthony… » 6/10/15 12:00am 6/10/15 12:00am

Watch a musician play every instrument in a 70-person orchestra at once

This is great. Ben Morfitt cleverly and hilariously recorded a video of himself playing every instrument of a 70-person orchestra at the same time. It looks like he’s conducting an entire orchestra of musicians but it’s really an expertly edited cut of 70 versions of himself playing all at once. » 5/13/15 9:02pm 5/13/15 9:02pm

This 3D Printed Violin Looks Like A Klingon Weapon 

It looks straight out of science fiction, but this terrifying contraption is actually one very modern string instrument. The “Piezoelectric Violin,” brainchild of architects at Miami’s MONAD Studio, has got only two strings, and it’s 3D printed, but according to the designers, it still plays and sounds like its… » 4/11/15 12:00pm 4/11/15 12:00pm

Make Music By Solving or Scrambling This Sequencer's Rubik Cubes

With a little custom software, a camera, and some musical know-how, you can turn sixteen customized Rubik's Cubes into a unique interface for a music sequencer. However, unless you're one of those Rubik's idiot savants who can solve them in seconds, this probably isn't the best instrument for live performances. » 3/18/15 9:25am 3/18/15 9:25am

Video: The incredible skill of hand making a guitar out of wood

I don't know what I'm most impressed with in this video of a guitar being made by hand: Eitan's Bartel absolute love for the instrument he makes, the perfect measurements needed to craft one of his guitars, the unbelievable skill and precision required in each step, the shots of woodworking, the imagination of smell.… » 2/18/15 1:24am 2/18/15 1:24am

Video: The skilled precision and interesting history of making a violin

The violin is a cute little instrument but also, as I learned from watching this video of violin maker (or luthier) John Young, a really interesting instrument to make. It's artfully designed and carefully shaved down and is still made in a similar way from when it first appeared centuries ago. » 12/24/14 2:22am 12/24/14 2:22am

Watch a 3D Printer Play a Mean Imperial March Cover

YouTube is full of videos of defunct and outdated computer hardware that's been hacked and turned into musical instruments. Everything from disk drives to dot-matrix printers has been given a symphonic second life, and despite being a relatively new technology, even 3D printers have now been taught to play Star Wars'… » 12/09/14 11:15am 12/09/14 11:15am

This Totally Acoustic Instrument Sounds Just Like an Electronic Synth

When it comes to modern instruments, there's usually a team of engineers and musicians trying to make an electronic device sound exactly like the acoustic counterpart it's trying to emulate. But Görkem Şen has gone in the other direction with his unorthodox Yaybahar, an unplugged instrument devoid of electronics that… » 11/05/14 11:59am 11/05/14 11:59am

This Controller Plays 8-Bit Chiptunes, Not Video Games

As popular as the Game Boy was for portable gaming ages ago, did you know it's still popular as an instrument for those obsessed with the sounds of classic 8-bit gaming? But instead of wasting your Tetris-capable portable console on making music, you can help David Clift-Reaves make his Lo-Fi SES controller a reality… » 10/27/14 11:12am 10/27/14 11:12am

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