The beauty of wind organs, and how to make one yourself out of recycled materials

The acoustic principles are the same as wind instruments (and pipe organs). But there’s something eerily beautiful about wind organs – and they’re easy enough to make. bassling from Australia sends in this how-to from Australia, to get you started. There, of course, it’s fall, meaning this could be viewed in the “spooky Halloween” territory […]

20 Seconds to a Synth: Zero-Input Sounds from Cheap PC Speakers

Our digital world tends to accumulate layers of detritus, much of it banal remains – orphaned cords and power adapters. And then there are cheap computer speakers, which you might think have achieved some sort of means of asexual reproduction. They’re everywhere: on shelves, in closets, given away, left on the street. It’s time to […]

- November 7, 2013

Cathode Rock: Kyle Evans Makes a TV Into an Oscilloscopic Axe of an Instrument

Pick up that TV and rock it, baby. While recalling a now-obsolete technology and the work of artists like Nam June Paik, de/Rastra is something of a (delightful) lie. In the form of a television, it appears to be a self-contained, vintage instrument. In reality, it’s a simulation, a CRT with “altered anatomy” that uses […]

Peter Kirn - May 15, 2012

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