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This New Acoustic Instrument Sounds Like a Digital Synthesizer

Tuesday 11.04.2014 , Posted by
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This new stringed instrument from Turkish musician Görkem Şen bridges the gap between the unplugged goodness of acoustic instruments, and the space aged sounds of a synthesizer. But don’t be fooled, this is purely acoustic – no electricity is involved.

He calls his creation the Yaybahar, and plays it with a variety of methods from striking and stroking the horizontal springs with a mallet, to percussion techniques on the two round drum-like membranes, or plucking, strumming and using a bow on the vertical strings. The Yaybahar provides such a wide range of sounds – from beautiful to grating – that we could see it creating all sorts of compelling new music. [Read more…]

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iPhone Amplifiers Made from Recycled Instruments

Monday 03.18.2013 , Posted by

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With everything going so digital these days, it’s sometimes nice to bring a little analog charm into ones life. One creative way was thought up by Christopher Locke of Austin, Texas. Instead of designing a new speaker to plug into the iPhone, Locke has reshaped brass instruments, turning them into amplifiers. Taking salvaged trumpets, trombones and french horns, he’s made creative and beautiful pieces for the home: he calls them “Analog Tele-Phonographers.” [Read more…]

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Subtly Subliminal: Clever Illustrations by Sachin Teng

Tuesday 09.04.2012 , Posted by

Crossing the line between the analog and digital era, artist Sachin Teng makes illustrations which tease the mind with creativity and subtle commentary on the world we inhabit. His works carry a heavy influence of gaming and comic love, creating fantasies which jump handily between the worlds of fantasy and reality. These combined dualities of analog/digital – fantasy/reality lend themselves well to his art, which often conveys a surprising message hidden under its attractive surface. As he puts it, “art is the original subliminal message.” [Read more…]

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