03.03.13 by Jeff

j.viewz plays Teardrop with vegetables

j.viewz plays Teardrop with vegetables
If this was submitted to our Homemade Instruments project with MTV, it probably would have won. Amazing stuff! Watch below!

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11.10.12 by Jeff

Homemade Instrument / Winners

Booooooom & MTV / made of imagination

As our “Made of Imagination” project with MTV and Sony Xperia comes to a close I just want to make sure I say thank you to every single one of you for getting involved!

It’s kinda silly to only pick two winners but that’s how many prize packs I get to give away. I wanted to reward entrants who created something specifically for this project instead of submitting something they’d previously made, and both of these submissions went above and beyond with wonderful performance videos.

Congratulations to Joel Zuercher (Los Angeles, California) and Cristian Martínez (Buenos Aires, Argentina), you have both won Sony Xperia phones as well as some Booooooom goodies!

See both submissions below:

 

Joel Zuercher’s submission is a box with spindles and a hand crank and two guitar wires strung across the front.

 

Cristian Martínez’s submission is a modified toy affixed with metal sponges, car antennas, and crocodiles clips. He is accompanied by his friend Isis Abigail on an oscillator, using herself and a plant as variable resistor. I love how Isis really goes off near the end.

 

I gotta acknowledge Simone Shin’s sewn turntables, Cara Stewart’s broom phonograph, and of course the fast food performance by Jessica and Aurélien! These were also standouts! If you haven’t done so already, take a look at all the instruments:

Submissions PART I + Submissions PART II

Thanks for making this such a fun project you guys! Any Booooooom goodies I promised people will be sent next week!

19.09.12 by Jeff

Made of Imagination / Ron Ulicny


A couple great submissions to our Made of Imagination project from Ron Ulicny. This first one is “Murder Ballad”, made out of a trumpet and a rifle stock.

“Fuck You Pablo”, made out of a guitar.

See all the submissions here.

14.09.12 by Jeff

Little Scream / Made of Imagination

Little Scream / Made of Imagination

This is the third video we produced for MTV and Sony Xperia, and it features Little Scream! Nada and I are huuuge fans of hers so this really was a dream come true to have her be a part of this project.

In keeping with the unconventional instruments theme, we paired up Little Scream with sound designers Lo and Joseph and circuit benders from Toronto’s InterAccess Electronic Media Arts Center! Together they completely reinvented her song “Canons”. Albert Huh did a superb job capturing this performance. He’s been filming and editing all the videos in this series, and deserves a massive shout out!

Hopefully this video pumps you up to spend the weekend building your own instruments! You still have a week or so to get your submissions in, and remember we’re giving away Sony Xperia phones and Booooooom goodies as prizes!

If you wanna get involved jump over here.

You can see the full gallery of submissions here.

imagination.mtv.ca

13.09.12 by Jeff

Homemade instruments by Cara Stewart

Homemade instruments by Cara Stewart

A fantastic submission to our “Made of Imagination” project courtesy of Cara Stewart, Austin, Texas. She created 3 really unique instruments! This first one is called “Phonograph” and she built it using a broom head, log, contact mics, amplifyer, speaker, and wooden table.

“Contact mics inside the broom head amplify the sounds of the bristles playing over the log. The bristles act like a needle on a record player, or keys on a music box. The song is determined by the density of texture on the surface of the rotating log.”

See her other instruments below!

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07.09.12 by Jeff

Mini instruments by Andrew Spackman

andrew spackman

andrew spackman

andrew spackman
Another submission to our homemade instruments project! A pair of 7″ wooden turntables and two mini guitars, by Andrew Spackman.

See all the submissions here.

Wanna submit to the project? Get info here.

Watch videos of these instruments in action below!

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05.09.12 by Jeff

Made of Imagination / Homemade Instrument Submissions

Booooooom & MTV / made of imagination
This is where your submissions to our “Made of Imagination” project with MTV and Sony Xperia will be posted! Remember you have until September 26th to submit to this project! There are sweet prizes up for grabs but you should just do it because it will be fun!

If you wanna be a part project get full info here.

“Murder Ballad” – 1970’s Trumpet, Rifle Stock

“Fuck You Pablo”- 1930’s Harmony Guitar

Ron Ulicny – Portland, Oregon

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30.08.12 by Jeff

Made of Imagination / Brian Chan

Homemade Instruments by Brian Chan
More submissions to our project with MTV are arriving! This might be my favourite one so far! Beautiful homemade instruments by Brian Chan, from Glasgow, United Kingdom.

Wanna submit a homemade instrument to the project? Full info here.

Homemade Instruments by Brian Chan

Homemade Instruments by Brian Chan

Homemade Instruments by Brian Chan

Homemade Instruments by Brian Chan

Homemade Instruments by Brian Chan

brianchan.co.uk