By Andrew RosenblumPosted 07.11.2012 at 10:25 am 2 Comments
Miroslaw Sowa, an electronics hobbyist in Montreal who grew up playing the accordion, liked the guitar but found fingering chords on the fret board too difficult. So he teamed up with Toronto software developer Vsevolod Zagainov to develop the Tabstrummer, an electronic instrument that allows the user to play different guitar chords simply by pressing one of up to 12 preset memory buttons.
By Peter KirnPosted 10.12.2010 at 3:45 pm 0 Comments
Packing features into an electronic instrument - say, adding a recorder or sampler - tends to make for a bulky device with a seriously complicated menu system. Teenage Engineering's OP-1, part of a category of devices musicians call "grooveboxes," bucks that trend. It fits all the bells and whistles into a trim 11-by-4 inch slab that does away with menu-digging. It's a sophisticated, all-in-one noisemaker you can carry, and play, with one hand.
Kyle Evans, a 24-year-old artist, bought his first didgeridoo in a small shop in Cairns, Australia, three years ago. The owner helped him pick out one of his handmade Aboriginal instruments, and after Evans taught himself to play, he decided to build an enhanced version: an electronically modified, Bluetooth-enhanced PVC pipe that cranks out didgeridoo-like sound with added digital flourishes.
Traditional didgeridoos are simple wind instruments made from hollowed-out trees. While learning to play the one from Cairns, Evans was also getting into computer-synthesized music, and he noticed similarities between the sounds. His first attempt to combine the two, involving a Big Gulp mug and a USB link to his laptop, proved too cumbersome, so he designed a Bluetooth version instead.
When Keith Baxter asked a salesman at a Milwaukee sporting-goods store for something stronger than 60-pound line, he wasn’t dreaming of big fish. He was hoping to catch a face-melting solo—he needed the line for his PC-controlled, motorized guitar.