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Over the years we and our friends have writen a lot of incredible tracks to demonstrate how to use our instruments. We are really glad to have these tracks gathered and released as our first album compilation. Great tracks and inspiring compositions. Check it out
Rare Instrument Part II
The Wheelharp is a groundbreaking keyboard musical instrument that gives the player the ability to orchestrate a full chromatic scale of sixty-one (61) actual bowed strings at one’s own fingertips, almost like having a real chamber string orchestra at hand.
You can buy it for $ 15.000.
Rare Instrument Part I
Koka’s Soundtrack Box No. 1.
Soundtrack Box No. 1 was made to produce music for a feature film. It provided me with just as many limitations and possibilities, as I needed in order to be fully comfortable in the creative process. This video briefly demonstrates some of its capabilities. The soundtrack itself has of course more musical value
Inside Abbey Road
Google has opened the doors to Abbey Road Studios! Explore, discover and play inside the iconic British recording studio.
Inside Abbey Road lets you take a virtual tour of almost every inch of one of the most famous recording studios—host. Guided by Giles Martin, son of Beatles’ producer George Martin, you will experience the studio where the London Philharmonic works, studio two where the Beatles created several of their records, and studio three where Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon was born. So just go here to enter Abbey Road.
John Cage "Water Walk" (1959)
For Water Walk, Cage rounded up a variety of “instruments” all to do with that liquid — a bathtub, a pitcher, ice cubes in a mixer — and the unconventional symphony
they produce culminates in the Rube Goldbergian mixing of a drink. Naturally, Cage being Cage, the piece incorporates audience reaction noises; when host Gary Moore warns
him that certain members of the studio audience will laugh, Cage responds,
“I consider laughter better than tears.”
Performer : Samuel BORE (la Fonderie, 6 mai 2012). John Cage originally performed this piece in TV at 1960, see here.
|Several looping records spin on the same axle, ensuring they stay approximately in time with each other. Graham Dunning layers up locked groove records, audio triggers to analogue sytnhs, mechanically played percussion such as a cowbell or a cymbal, and mechanically triggered drum machines. He takes all these inputs and perform a live dub, mixing down to two channels live in one take. More here.|
tv404 video glitch synth
|tv404 is a glitch video synth specially designed to be assembled at workshops. The project is based on the conceptual principles of the "aesthetics of error" and is an example of an interactive glitch object as video images are produced on the basis of optical distortions, errors in data transmission and noise at all layers, which results in interesting and never-repetitive results. more here|
Three amplified electric guitars and three fans.
Soundscape generated naturally by the passage of air through the strings and by its set in motion light filaments, that touch, in a stochastic way, the instruments. What you can hear is a universe unique and uncontrollable and at the same time uniform and harmonious: stillness in motion... More at myatelier.net
|The main idea of this project is to present exhibition visitors with the chance to destroy any object that might happen to be on their person, in order to transform it into a unique sound composition. The installation consists of five hydraulic presses, capable of crushing practically any object (a mobile telephone, pair of glasses, headphones or whatever). In the process of destruction, a special microphone records the sounds made as the object undergoes deformation, and in just a few minutes, a computer algorithm transforms them into a 20 minutes album. More here.|
|Yaybahar is an electric-free, totally acoustic instrument. The vibrations from the strings are transmitted via the coiled springs to the frame drums. These vibrations are turned into sound by the membranes which echo back and forth on the coiled springs. This results in an unique listening experience with an hypnotic surround sound. What you hear in this performance is captured in realtime without any additional effects and with no post audio processing.More here.|
Hard Drive Music
|Old Technology making Music. Hard drives are playing "Tainted Love". More music here|
|Sonic Water is a cymatics installation. Cymatics is the process of visualizing sound and vibrations through matter, such as for example sand or water. More here|
|Augmented Acoustics - CONTACT is a tangible audio interface to manipulate and visualize sounds generated from interaction with a simple wooden surface. Any physical contact with the table generates acoustic vibrations which are manipulated and visualized LIVE as they occur using several communicating pieces of software. All code will be opensource and available on github.|
|Look what happens when lycopodium powder sits on top of a vibrating stereo speaker. Directed and produced by Susie Sie|
Disarm: Turning Weapons Into Instruments
|As part of his ongoing effort to transform weapons into musical instruments, artist Pedro Reyes constructed a fully mechanized orchestra. Titled Disarm, the collection of eight new instruments were built through a collaboration with several musicians and Cocolab, a media studio in Mexico City.|
|Google engineer Alexander Chen has converted live data from the NYC subway schedule into an online “stringed instrument” called Conductor.|
|just six animations!|
|Christopher Locke creates hand-made amplifiers called “Analog Tele-Phonographers” purposed to volume up your iPhone or iPad and at the same time to bring out the old times vibe. He designs custom-built loudspeakers from recycled trumpets, trombones, french horns and other brass instruments. What’s good about these unusual amplifiers is that they require no external power source. See more at heartlessmachine.com|
|Music is a good thing. But what we did not know until we started with the research for this piece: Music is also a pretty damn complex thing. This experimental animation is about the attempt to understand all the parts and bits of it. Have a look. You might agree with our conclusion!|
|A turntable that focuses on actively composing and playing music. This record player has 5 tone arms, each of which can have its volume controlled by its own fader. This is an analogue answer for the digitalized DJ. By Yuri Suzuki
|Lego and a sequencer - that fits. Made at Advance Hackathon 2012 in Cologne using a webcam, Python, OpenCV, OSC, MIDI and Ableton Live. You find the source code here.|
Physical Beat Box
|The Beatbox is a physical programmable drum machine. Consisting of 5 tappers and a central hub you can teach each tapper by tapping on its top. Once taught they will faithfully re-tap your rhythms until you tell them to stop, or teach them again.
More infos here
|Okamoto's new creation "musical table" and "lighting chair" are exhibited during in the period.
Musical table : The musical table installed 504 volumes on the top plate, and there are 504 musical box movements which play only a single sound in the point of the 5-m electric line extended from there…
Lighting chair : They are a chair in which the electric socket plates are embedded, and a chair in which the switch plates are embedded.
More infos here.
Music From A Tree
|To celebrate Earth Day 2012 Burt's Bees asked me to create a video performance in the style of my Music from a Tree.
They thought to include as "instruments" also some of the ingredients used in their products, like honey, almonds, rice, and coconuts; also bees had a musical role in this piece.
Check out the vid here or more infos.
Remix Your Music
|Where exactly are the boundaries between copying and influences? Ever thought about the differences of an original and a spin off? Is there even any new art possible without the use of an influence? There is a wonderful documentary about it all: watch here!
Also intersting to stop by here: Where good ideas come from and The Ecstasy of influences
Playing The Building
|Playing the building is a sound installation in which the infrastructure, the physical plant of the building, is converted into a giant musical instrument. Devices are attached to the building structure — to the metal beams and pillars, the heating pipes, the water pipes — and are used to make these things produce sound. The activations are of three types: wind, vibration, striking. The devices do not produce sound themselves, but they cause the building elements to vibrate, resonate and oscillate so that the building itself becomes a very large musical instrument. By David Byrne - ex singer of Talking Heads.|
1.000 Instruments In The Desert
|The band OK Go dropped 1.000 instruments into a desert near Los Angeles and played them with car which was outfitted with retractable pneumatic arms designed. Singing as they played the instrument array with the car… There are no ringers or stand-ins. Great Music Video!|
Listening To The Twentieth Century
At Alex Ross websites you can listen to brief excerpts of some of the works discussed in The Rest Is Noise. There are also embedded videos, images, and links to archives, stories, and sound files elsewhere on the Internet.