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!
Materials: Resistance based noise circuit, speaker, alligator clips, cauliflower, carrot.
Description: The electrical resistance between the player, holding one end of the circuit, and the vegetable attached to the other end produces a variety of blips, whines and other electronic sounds.
Materials: Typewriter, guitar strings, electronic pickup, amp.
Description: Typewriter modified with strings and amplifier to play music when the keys are struck.