28.08.12 by Jeff

Made of Imagination / Ryan Gregory

Another great submission to our Made of Imagination project with MTV.

Ryan Gregory made an 8 string guitar with hand made pickups, and thumb-pianos built from bicycle spokes, yard rakes, and other stuff. There’s also a suitcase kick drum and a foot powered hi-hat/tambourine/snare combo instrument. Love the performance at the end!

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

24.08.12 by Jeff

Made of Imagination / Vintage suitcase guitars by Jeff Conley

Made of Imagination / Jeff Conley
Love this submission to our project from Jeff Conley!

After having two vintage Gibson guitars stolen after a show he decided he would never buy another guitar. Instead he started to build acoustic and electric guitars out of old vintage suitcases! He has even built electric foot drums from the suitcases as well!

This song below is called “For Gibby” for his stolen guitar:

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

See a couple more of Jeff’s creations below!

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21.08.12 by Jeff

Made of Imagination / Amadeus Rokita

Submission: Amadeus Rokita
Homemade instruments are starting to hit my inbox from all over the world! I’m loving this one from Amadeus Rokita. Hamburg, Germany.

Wanna submit to the project? Full instructions here.

Need some inspiration? Go here.

20.08.12 by Jeff

Made of Imagination / Rich Aucoin

Last week we launched our “Made of Imagination” project with MTV, our biggest collaboration yet! In case you forgot already or didn’t see the original post, we wanna see who can make the most creative homemade instruments on the planet, and we’d love to see videos of you and your friends performing with them!

We’re also asking some emerging Canadian musicians to do the same kinda thing! The video above is the first of four that we’ve produced, and it features rising star Rich Aucoin.

Ready to make your own instruments???

Read the full project instructions here.

Get inspired here.

17.08.12 by Jeff

Homemade Piano

Homemade Piano
People have been pointing me to some really unique music performances and some amazing homemade instruments like this one by Harm Goslink Cooper spotted over at Craft. Thank you @Nateene for the link! This isn’t a submission to our project but I wish it was! What a beauty!

If you come across any videos or links that will inspire people as they work on their instruments for our “Made of Imagination” project you can tweet it @Booooooom and use #mtvbooooooom hashtag, or leave a comment on our Facebook status.

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.