I didn’t have any way of playing my mp3 player in my office. I have an awesome old boombox that plays tapes and radio but it’s far too awesome to try and take apart. This was my 5 minute solution… There’s 3 computer speakers inside and one speaker from a long forgotten source ontop, allContinue reading “Pringle tube Speaker”
To me, the trickiest part to a completely DIY stringed instrument is the tuning pegs. Which is why I came up with this incredibly simple (and must have been done before somewhere) 10 pence tuning peg! UPDATE: I’ve written a new post on various tuning pegs ideas I’ve come up with, check it out here!Continue reading “The 10p Tuning Peg!”
My latest, and so far my favourite, instrument, is another Tinjo, with an awesome goatskull headstock, frets from a barbeque skewer and a piezo mic hooked up inside the tin. http://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F5595496&show_comments=true&auto_play=false&color=583b1c cultlovesyou Tinjo demo by Vulpestruments This one is for my brother who is an awesome designer, check out his stuff which you may haveContinue reading “Cultlovesyou Tinjo”
I’ve been wanting to get more into creating sound sculptures and things that can play themselves, so I knocked together this quick prototype for an idea I had using wind to pluck strings. http://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=http%3A%2F%2Fsoundcloud.com%2Fvulpestruments%2Fwindjo&show_comments=true&auto_play=false&color=961400 I used 4 dessert pots to act as a windmill that turns a metal rod with the plucking device attached. IContinue reading “The Windjo”
This one surprised the hell out of me! I had a plastic desert bowl and a violin string so threw together a prototype to get them together. I’m no violinist, I’ve managed some horrible squeaks and squeals on them before, but this was quite easy to get a good sound out of… Try and guessContinue reading “The Monolin”
Alright, I cheated a bit on this one… It was my wife birthday yesterday, she’d always half joked about wanting a ukulele, and she’s had a serious squid obsession since she was a little girl. So I did what any good husband would do, I bought a cheap ukulele and engraved a squid into it!Continue reading “The Ukuleopod or the Squidulele”
This is a kitty litter scooper Aeolian Violin. Or an Aeoliolin. A Violin played by the wind. One of the benefits at working at a school is that kids break things. A lot. Somebody broke their violin at the neck, which left me with a perfectly nice body to play with. It works when theContinue reading “The Aeoliolin”
I had a plank of wood and a Pringle tube. I HAD to make a ukulele. This is what it looks like: This is what it sounds like: http://www.divshare.com/flash/playlist?myId=11957724-e59 once again proving that pringle tubes are awesome.
mystery instrument number 1 solved… by me! I got a small Tobacco tin from a charity shop and decided to make it awesome. I cut some small mounts and drilled some tiny holes so that it could be ‘suspended’ in the middle of the wooden frame, that way the sound wouldn’t be dampened so much.Continue reading “The Two-String Tobaco Tinjo”
Because I don’t like leaving updates for too long, and because my current ongoing projects are taking a bit of time, I thought i’d upload a sneaky peak at what I’m working on. 10 Points to whoever can correctly guess the 3 instruments-in-progress!