16.08.12 by Jeff

Booooooom & MTV / Made of Imagination

Booooooom & MTV / made of imagination
After a couple months of secrecy I’m excited to finally announce our latest project: “Made of Imagination”.

This one’s a collaboration with MTV and Sony Xperia, so I think it’s safe to say this is the biggest one yet. Does that image give you any idea what we’re doing this time?

We’re building homemade instruments! Beautiful, hopefully ingenious, and probably ridiculous musical instruments. You can choose to re-make an existing instrument or invent a completely new one.

I’ve snagged a couple of the new Xperia Ion phones as prizes, and I’ll definitely throw in some Booooooom goodies too. There will be a prize for the most creative instrument and another for the best video performance! So if your instrument can actually make noises I’d love to see you perform a song with it!

homemade instruments made of imagination
It’s up to you though! You can spend all your time building an insane instrument and forget the performance OR you can build a simpler instrument, figure out how to play a song with it, and create the ultimate performance video. The third option would be to build an insane instrument AND learn how to play it so masterfully that your performance video actually shatters the entire Internet and people get pregnant just from hearing the explosion.

Nada and I have also been put in charge of imagination.mtv.ca, a mini site made just for this project! We’ll be posting all your submissions over there, as well as craft instructionals, and creative videos to get you stoked. I’ll also post my favourite submissions here on Booooooom!

How does all this sound?

 

INSPIRATION!

If you want to get your creative juices flowing, check out:

1. Winning submissions to our Hack Job project

2. Handmade Vegetable Musical Instruments [VIDEO]

3. Kid plays PVC Instrument at Talent Show

 

homemade instruments made of imagination

INSTRUCTIONS! READ ALL OF THIS!!!

1. Create an instrument using whatever materials you can find. Be creative, and actually build something! Don’t just turn a pot upside down and call it a drum. This is the fun part!

2. Take a good photo of your creation. Don’t spend hours making something and then take a bad cell phone photo!

3. (This step is optional) Record a video, performing a song with your instrument. Your performance may include real instruments too, but only  as back-ups and only if there are more hand-made instruments than real ones.

4. Submit your work to: projects@booooooom.com

Include the following information:

Your Name

Your City

Brief description of instrument(s)

Youtube/Vimeo link (if you made a video)

Song Title (if you made a video)

 

5. High-five yourself, you’re done.

 

By submitting your work you are giving us permission to post your work on the Internet and the right to distribute these images to publications that may want to write about this project. We will give full credit to you, the image makers, wherever possible.

The deadline for submissions is: September 26th 2012.













Jeff
Jeff Hamada is the Founder and Editor of Booooooom. He lives and works in Vancouver.



  • http://www.booooooom.com/ Jeff Hamada

    really excited for this one! it was a long time in the making and to see it go from an idea on a notepad to a project of this size is amazing! can’t wait till you see everything else we’ve produced for this project!

  • http://www.facebook.com/matthewboxx Matt Box

    This is fantastic , Can’t wait to see what people come up with. Massive congrats Jeff!

    • http://www.booooooom.com/ Jeff Hamada

      thanks matt – im really looking forward to it too!

  • artnau

    OHH, so many congrats! It’s a gorgeous project!

    • http://www.booooooom.com/ Jeff Hamada

      thanks you guys! love your site (as you know)

  • cardboardcities

    this is definitely going to inspire some crazy magical stuff!

    • http://www.booooooom.com/ Jeff Hamada

      i hope so!!

  • Jesse Weinberg

    this is a really great concept – well done as always Jeff – cant wait to see what everyone comes up with

    • http://www.booooooom.com/ Jeff Hamada

      thanks jesse!

  • Lyndseyg

    Awesome. Did you see the “Earth harp” on America’s got talent? Truly inspirational on such a crap show. Here’s a link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oVLF26fNxow

    • http://www.booooooom.com/ Jeff Hamada

      WOWWWWW thanks so much for posting this

  • lido

    I immediately thought of the Nihilist Spasm band http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rz56sy66F-4 :) 

  • http://plentyofcolour.com/ Chloé

    Oh gosh, I am so excited for this project to come to life. Every object I see seems like a magical musical instrument now. Beautiful, imaginative idea Jeff! 

    • http://www.booooooom.com/ Jeff Hamada

      thanks Chloe – i hope you’ll submit to it!!!

  • hij1nx

    I made this from a cigar box and a broken uke and a circus magazine — http://d.pr/i/DriW

    • http://www.booooooom.com/ Jeff Hamada

      this is great! please submit it via the email above so we have all your information!

  • James

    Seems like it has stopped for a while, who is the winner?

  • James

    Seems like it has stopped for a while, who is the winner?

  • James

    Seems like it has stopped for a while, who is the winner?

  • James

    Seems like it has stopped for a while, who is the winner?





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