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Audiofanzine put the Waldorf Streichfett digital synthesizer to the test. Released earlier this year, the small box is designed to replicate the sound of vintage string machines.
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DIY mind-controlled synth
September 3, 2010 – 10:36 am | No Comment
DIY mind-controlled synth

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Robert Schneider is the singer for the indie rock band “The Apples in Stereo“, hailing from Denver, Colorado. Not happy with trying to play synthesizers with and actual keyboard, Robert modified a Mattel Mindflex(The …

Steam powered sequencer
September 1, 2010 – 10:09 am | No Comment
Steam powered sequencer

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Dabbler & experimenter Paul Bower was browsing eBay looking at vintage steam engines one day, and decided to do something fun with it: he built a DIY steam-powered sequencer.
Using an old 1920’s steam engine …

Edison – Monome Ninja
August 31, 2010 – 2:58 pm | 2 Comments
Edison – Monome Ninja

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The video below is Edison, playing the track “Tonka Truck” from his album “All the Information at Hand”.
What is completely remarkable about this track is not just that it’s played entirely on a Monome, but …

Synthesizer club
August 31, 2010 – 11:50 am | One Comment
Synthesizer club

Synthesizer enthusiast Rory Daniels stars in some hilarious shorts called “Synthesizer Club” that only a synth geek would enjoy. He says:
I’m no Alain de Bottom, but I think it’s here because we all need …

Build your own electronic instruments
August 30, 2010 – 8:53 pm | 2 Comments
Build your own electronic instruments

In 1979, a book written by P.K. Sood called “Electronic Musical Projects” was published that contained plans and instructions for building all sorts of DIY electronic musical devices. It’s got plans for projects …

Trombone + flamethrower = all kinds of awesome.
August 30, 2010 – 7:44 pm | One Comment
Trombone + flamethrower = all kinds of awesome.

Trombone players often get a bad rap, so trombone player/DIYer Jonathan Crawford decided to really step up to the plate and do something about it.
Jonathan took a barbecue ignition system, a propane tank and …

Death to Vinyl – make your ashes into a record
August 27, 2010 – 4:07 pm | 3 Comments
Death to Vinyl – make your ashes into a record

The company “And Vinyly” will take your charred remains and press them into your own death vinyl. You can use a personalized message, your own music, or any recording that is 24 …

One Red Patch Cable for trade!
August 26, 2010 – 6:59 pm | No Comment
One Red Patch Cable for trade!

Rob Wright has followed the idea of Kyle MacDonald’s one red paper clip trade idea, applying the idea to synthesizers.
Rob is looking to gradually trade a single red patch cable up to something that he …

Vince Clarke’s Analogue Monologues
August 26, 2010 – 6:45 pm | No Comment
Vince Clarke’s Analogue Monologues

The legendary Vince Clarke has put together a great series of mini synth demos called “Analogue Monologues”. The demos take place in his mouth-watering Maine Studio, and will feature a different synth each episode.

The …

Xylophone fence
August 25, 2010 – 12:02 pm | No Comment
Xylophone fence

This is a great example of someone integrating a musical instrument into something that is typically non-musical – the xylophone fence.
At Good Hope Beach in Shanklin, Isle of Wight, a beach fence has been made …