World Maker Faire 2014: Turning Junk Into Music

I played a Speak & Spell like a keyboard with Burnkit2600.

In September, Popular Science_ attended World Maker Faire at the New York Hall of Science. We saw giant robots, tiny Tesla coils, and musical instruments made out of anything you can imagine. Check out some of the coolest projects with us!_

It takes a special kind of brain to look at an old television set and see an instrument. But Burnkit2600 has successfully turned a TV into a light-sensitive synth that can be played without direct contact, much like a theremin. At Maker Faire, their display table was littered with the repurposed remains of old electronics—the aforementioned television, a Speak & Spell, an old miniature keyboard, and more. Burnkit2600 hacked each item to produce surprisingly catchy electronic music.