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AC Symphony is a instrument, design and performed by Danne Woo, that allows the musician to play AC powered appliances. The control center is an AC sequencer that plays all the appliances in sequence. You can change the speed, pause, reset, harmonize and control the amount of voltage going to each appliance. Essentially its a power strip on steroids.

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Remember the time before MP3s when we actually had actual objects that we could touch and feel and throw onto a turn table, tape deck or cd player. IDEO recently decided to make an attempt at blending the then and now of listening and experiencing music. Out of this desire, they built the above machine. Basically, what you’re looking at is a box filled with specially-angled Arduino Pro Mini boards constantly searching for RFID tags on top, and a set of cards each with two RFID tags, with each tag representing one song. When you drop one on the turntable, it begins playing within a second, thanks to the Arduinos underneath, you can leave multiple cards on the table to create playlists. Sadly IDEO is not selling the device but it shows that there are many other possibilities to listening and experiencing the musical world around us. Check out the video after the jump to see this sucker in action. Read more >

GGRP Sound, an audio engineering company out of Vancouver sent out a 45rpm record packaged in a corrugated cardboard sleeve that also works as a record player. All you need to do is follow the easy set up steps and use a pencil to manually spin the 45. These were sent out as a promotional piece to creative directors across North America to demonstrate GGRP’s sound engineering capabilities.


The Chameleon Guitar blends a traditional acoustic with digital capabilities. Developed at the MIT Media Labs by Amit Zoran this instrument combines a wooden resonator and a computer processor to create a wonderful new instrument. With the custom software create for this project the user can specify exactly how big they want the resonating chamber to be, thus creating a specific sound. The user can also easily switch out the wooden resonator with a different resonator made from another type of wood or other material. The possibilities really are endless. See the video after the jump. Read More >