Posts Tagged ‘omnichord’

MiniOrgan [gawp of the week]

February 24, 2009

I’ve spent the day green-eyed with envy, swimming in a puddle of my own nostalgic drool after discovering MiniOrgan.com. It’s an awesome site full of one enthusiastic German’s geeky gushings about his collection of obscure toy instruments. He should open a museum.

I was searching for a Suzuki Tronichord – an early precursor to the Omnichord – and it was the first site that came up.

Tell me that doesn’t look amazing. Sadly I can’t find any for sale. So if you see one and fancy getting me a present…

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Fun with an omnichord

January 31, 2009

This is what I did today:

omni-open-trim

An omnichord really is an amazing instrument. I’m amazed at how much you can get out of something which only makes two different sounds. Today I took mine apart and started circuit bending it using my bare hands (hence the batteries – I don’t want to die of electricity). The results are pretty exciting. You can really ‘play’ it by learning with bits of solder do what when you touch link them with your fingers. I guess you’ll hear the results at some point when I re-jig it into a song.

In the meantime why not watch this old video of me playing it in a graveyard…