Freedrum

Written by Xavier Gouchet - 16 november 2016 - no comments

When I was young, I used to watch a series called The Wizard in which an inventor had lots of amazing gadgets (at least they seemed amazing then). One of those devices was a pair of drumsticks you could play anywhere and it would play drum sounds... Well this is now a dream come true thanks to FreeDrum.

Marble Machine

Written by Xavier Gouchet - 09 march 2016 - no comments

I've already said that I'm a huge find of Animusic, especially Pipe's dream, which Intel have already built in real life.

Today, I've discovered this incredible Marble Machine, created by Wintergatan with wood gears, springs and lots of lego pieces to program the main melody. It uses thousands of marbles to play a combination of vibraphone, bass guitar and a cardboard based drumset.

You can watch the two parts making to see how he constructed the whole machine.

Polyphonic overtone singing - Anna-Maria Hefele

Written by Xavier Gouchet - 08 march 2016 - no comments

Overtune is something natural in all live instruments, including the human voice. But being able to control it to sing two distinct melodies at once is an amazing talent.

In this video, Anna-Maria explains how it works. You can also find lessons on her Youtube channel to learn how to sing like her.

Source : my wife

Android Monotune

Written by Xavier Gouchet - 16 february 2016 - no comments

Here's an advertisment for the Android operating system, which, I think, extraordinarily delivers their message : Be together, not the same. This is how Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata (3rd movement) would sound on a piano playing only a middle C.

You can also discover the making of, and an extended version below

Nickelharpa

Written by Xavier Gouchet - 11 february 2016 - no comments

The Nickelharpa is a traditional swedish string instrument, dating back to the XVth century, which allies the sound of a violin, and the precision of a piano.

Hammer Jammer

Written by Xavier Gouchet - 08 february 2016 - no comments

Here's an interesting device for guitar players : the Hammer Jammer. It costs $80 and can be bought on the creator's website

No this article is not sponsored, I just think this is cool :)

Cyber conductor

Written by Xavier Gouchet - 20 december 2015 - no comments

Aleksey Igudesman, who does a lot of Music comedy with Richard Hyung-ki Joo, demonstrates a brand new innovation : the Cyber Conductor !

Piano Gare Tour

Written by Xavier Gouchet - 18 december 2015 - no comments

Frequent travellers know these little tunes broadcasted just before an annoucement. It's usually around 6 notes, and becomes part of the ambient noise in a train station or airport.

Two french guys decided to compose a music based on the SNCF (the french public train service), and play it on pianos available in big train stations.

Thanks to my wife for showing me this video