From Wendy Carlos to the Swingle Singers, artists have proven over and over again that great music is great music, regardless of instrumentation. (Music historians would be just as quick to point out that most Classical performances don’t really match the original instrumentation, anyway.) So, since it’s Monday and we’re due for a distraction, we have from reader Jack Stratton a delightful rendition of Bach on TalkBox. (BachBox?)

Something’s in the air, as our friend Synthtopia also shares novel instrumentations. Here, it’s Ravel:

Trois beaux oiseaux du paradis by Maurice Ravel – performed by thereminist, Randy George and the Gaudete Brass Quintet. download video in High Definition at:

Finally, I can’t embed the videos, but the wonderful Glockabelle – recently seen tearing through Classical favorites on her Casio VL-5 at Handmade Music NYC, confirmed on glock for our next event – has a terrific lineup of videos on her blog, recorded in her kitchen. Glocks, more Casios, and a keyboard with meow sounds. There’s music by the greatest composers of all time, and there’s a bit of punk, too. Public service: if it any moment in this week you find yourself grumpy, come back to these videos.

Handmade Music @ Culturefix, 10-10-10

And, yes – it’s easy to dismiss novel instrumentation, but not if you talk to people who actually play the instruments. I do always slightly dread the association of Theremin and Halloween, one which I think doesn’t befit how lovely the instrument sounds. But music is all about novel instrumentation, and actually enjoying what you play. Great music works on different instruments.

We now return to our regularly-scheduled programming.

  • electronic_face

    Nice, I watched one of Glockabelle's vids, and just had to watch them all. My favorites were Paint It Black and Moonlight Sonata. Pretty fast fingers on those tiny keys!

    The talkbox Bach (TalkBachs) is insane! In a good way. Totally awesome. Same goes for Randy George and the Gaudete Brass Quintet, just not as insane.

  • electronic_face

    Oh yeah, thought this would be cool to throw in..

    4th Brandenburg Concerto on the DSI Mopho

  • If you liked Jack Stratton's "Bach Box" check out his website at

    He has the uncanny ability to use technology to express ideas rather than flaunt tech skill. Oh yeah– he's hilarious.

  • Nice! Thanks for posting the vid. and thanks for the shout Chris. and talkbachs is a better name.

  • Glockabelle Rocks !

  • Sorry I have nothing constructive or worthwhile to add except that Glockabelle's face is priceless in that photo, and slightly scary, and simultaneously gorgeous. 😀 I fully endorse her Casio tones, too. This blog is on a roll lately…

  • Okay sorry for the double post chaps, but I'd also like to say Glockie gets a ton of props for putting up with those horrible little mini-keys playing Czardas. She's a far better musician than I, just for that alone.

  • Sasa Rasa

    My daughter has the same kitty piano featured in one of Glockabelle's videos 🙂

  • thanks for the props, everyone. my site has been revamped a bit. please stop by !