Next week in Brooklyn I’ll be collaborating again with MAKE:Magazine, Etsy, and Popular Science. This month’s theme: paper.

Paper Projects Night []

Even if you’re not in the New York area, if you’ve got a paper-based music project of some kind — instruments (working) made out of paper, interactive paper sculpture, whatever, drop me a line and let me know. If you’re in NYC, you can bring it on by Brooklyn and say hi! If not, I’m thinking of having people appear virtually, either by web chat or some sort of remote presentation. (If it’s just slides, I’ll still do it.)

I’ll be making music from paper. How, you ask? I’ve got a webcam-based music sketcher I’m building, and there may be something involving scraps of paper and piezo elements, as well, if I don’t run out of time.

New Yorkians:
RSVP to to help them know how many people are coming. (Optional.)
April 25th, 2007
MAKE @ Etsy Labs, 325 Gold Street, 6th Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11201 (map)

World Citizens:
Get in touch via the ether, peter (at) createdigitalmusic dot– oh, you know.

  • erland

    speaking of paper + instruments, do you know where i can get one of those music boxes

    that work with paper rolls that you can punch holes in? i've been wanting one for ages. thanks!

  • Looking forward to see what people have come up with. Perhaps a bit offtopic but it made me think of this cool plug-in by Niall Moody called Brush Strokes.

  • Is this an open event?

  • Yes, absolutely an open event, just as we did last time. Got a project, please bring it! The RSVP is optional, but it does help Etsy to know how many are coming. And it's free. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • LOL … "paper-based music project" …

    I suppose sheet music dosen't count? … I've got lots of left over assignments from my music theory classes in college ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • @plurgid — HA! I vaguely remember getting stuck under piles of paper-based music projects, yes.

    Hey, come on, it can't always be wood, brass, circuits, and plastic, right?

    The theme, I should have clarified, was chosen by Phil from MAKE, and Popular Science is also contributing, on top of Etsy. So we're just putting in our musical angle. And if I can just finish them, I'll have at least two paper-based projects. Sometimes I find a "stretch" as a concept is just what I need to unstick my brain. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • I recently ran across this really neat paper-based sequencer Make your own Music Box on ThinkGeek. It's only $13, and you can punch your own music box tunes !


  • Thanks Noah! I just ordered one

  • Don-oung Lee of Seoul National University recently did a installation show with some very interesting uses of paper as speaker. One was taking ancient door and window frames which were traditionally made with some kind of paper screen stretched across the openings, and wedging small magnets behind the paper at various places. The result is a multichannel output from single sheets of paper. He played back sound clips of all kinds of voices, whispering, yelling, etc. The idea was like "the walls have ears"–the doors and windows have kept secrets of what has been said behind them for ages, and now they are repeating what they heard. Another piece was a cafe table where the customer places their paper cup on the table, and hears different programming depending on where the cup is placed. The cup acts as a speaker. He had some other really fun things involving other non-paper everyday items–very creative stuff! When he was visiting in Florida, he made some models for me to show me how it worked. I was impressed by the quality of sound from a single swath of paper, and the multichannel thing works beautifully.