An acoustic instrument bristling with buttons and knobs is always off to a good start, but Patrick Sébastien Coulombe's "la Guitare à crayon" goes a few steps further into strangeness. Taking the body of an acoustic guitar and then strapping a Wacom digitizer to the front, the unusual instrument translates sketched images into sound.
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Line 6 have announced a new wireless guitar system that, they claim, "redefines the wireless experience." The Line 6 Relay G30 Digital Wireless System consists of a compact transmitter with standard 1/4-inch input and six user-selectable channels, together with a receiver good for up to 30m range.
Steampunk continues to divide opinion, with some still entranced by etched brass, cogs and masterful repurposing of what would otherwise be thrown away as trash, while other think it a tired meme that doesn't know when to give up. We're thinking that both groups would find some appeal in Moritz Wolpert's Steampunk analog synth, however.
Remember the Sony CMT-Z100iR iPod dock from all the way back in March? Well, it's arrived and it brought a friend: the wirelessly-enabled NAS-Z200iR, shown here. The Z100iR is a basic iPod speaker dock, with FM radio and CD player, whereas the Z200iR throws in WiFi, DLNA streaming and a remote control with a 3.5-inch LCD display.
We can't all be Jean Michel Jarre, but thanks to the Arduino microprocessor we can flail our arms around and make music. Omer Yosher's "Airpiano" is a long strip of motion sensors treated as, via the Arduino, midi keys and faders; moving your hands over and through the sensors control notes or samples, as well as volume.
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Images claiming to show Nokia's follow-up to the 5800 XpressMusic touchscreen cellphone, the Nokia 5900 XpressMusic, have leaked, and while there's no confirmation that these are legitimate they certainly look the part. Believed to include a larger, 3.5-inch touchscreen, 3.5mm headphone jack and 5-megapixel camera, the 5900 XpressMusic is expected to run the same Symbian S60 5th Edition OS as its predecessor.
As my mother once told me, there's only so long you can roll around on the floor, bleating and waving your arms around, before they put you out to pasture. The same seems to be true with the Sony Rolly, currently out of stock at the official Sony Style US online store and apparently discounted to just $99 in their bricks & mortar stores.
The great thing about musical hardware is that you can admire it as a musician, recognizing how useful it might be to create awesome new tracks, or merely as someone who likes buttons and knobs. Project Stella is no exception: JoeLMutantE's analog step sequencer may be based on an old P3 sequencer kit, but with its non-traditional ellipsoidal layout it looks thoroughly modern.
What the world needs are more concept devices, and thankfully here come Pilotfish with their Ondo to fill that gap. Best known for their work on the Synaptics Onyx interface, Pilotfish have now turned their attention to more media-centric mobile devices with the Ondo cellphone concept, a twistable, touch-sensitive and modular music experience.