This is the problem with reading Wired as a blogger; you basically want to write a post on every feature they do. In the latest edition, there’s all kinds of stuff which would suit the PlayLondon remit, but I was immediately drawn to a piece about rubber band music.
The guy who does it (an annoyingly young designer called James Reynolds) has worked out the frequencies required to strum well-known tunes on a stretched-out rubber band. They’re just tacked onto the wall with coloured dots to indicate what sequence you should twang the thing, and you get to play tunes like Ode to Joy, Billie Jean or U Can’t Touch This.
Infuriatingly I can’t find a video of it on his site, but here are some pictures.
In the meantime, here’s something else I’ve nabbed from Wired’s December issue: another young scamp who’s making what he calls “electronic synthesiser-type noises with household objects.”
I think it’s rather awesome; the cat jabbing its claws into my lap disagrees.
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