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For as far back as we are able to look into the prehistory of the human race, music has been a crucial part of the life of humans. Some scholars even speculate that human music may have come before language. From the beginning, people living in little groups sang and danced to self-made music. Drums and pipes were readily developed, and even today they can be found in use, still often hand-made, in every culture anywhere in the world where simple communities gather for group celebrations.
The Vo-96 Acoustic Synthesiser is one of the most innovative musical instrument products created in years. Strap one onto any acoustic guitar and you can transform the way it sounds by breaking — or at least manipulating — the laws of physics. Here’s the story of how inventor Paul Vo made a device that sounds like magic.
Guitar tuners aren’t always the simplest gadgets in the world, even if they’re mostly charged with an impossibly simple task. In fact, advanced features on more expensive tuners might confuse someone who doesn’t know what they’re doing. This one, however, opts for simple and cheap. There’s something to be said for that.
Sound art is a term that’s almost always cause for concern, but this elegant installation by artist Ruben Dhers is gloriously captivating. In “Playa”, 14 guitars lying under a tangled canopy of wires are listlessly strummed by an orchestra of 31 fabric-clad DC motors conducted (in the musical sense) by an Arduino processor.
“If it’s too loud,” the saying goes, “the neighbours are going to call the cops and screw up your late-night shred session.” In an attempt to solve this eternal conundrum, the guitar amplification specialists at Vox have teamed up with the headphone geniuses Audio Technica to create Amphones. Yes, guitar amplifier headphones. It’s a preposterous idea that’s just crazy enough to work.