Sound Builders

The Sound Builders series on highlights musicians who develop their own musical instruments. The first episode followed Peaking Lights as they prepared for their live tour. Subsequent episodes have included interviews with Diego Stocco, Eric Singer, Steve Mann, Liz Phillips, Reed Ghazla, Felix Thorn, Ranjit Bhatnagar and Ken Butler.


Sormina is a musical instrument developed by Juhani Räisänen.

The aim of my project is to gain knowledge about instruments and their impact in the western classical music. My point is that the material quality of acoustical instruments has had a major effect in the development of music

Sound is created by noise generators and the instrument is used to shape the sound via eight potentiometers controlled by the fingers. The sensory data is then passed to a computer via bluetooth. Each potentiometer controls a different sound parameter, such as attack, delay, gain and effrect parameters.

Musical Rumba Table

Musical Furnishings has released a customisable musical table. The table is made up of modules which you can swap around to create a unique playing surface. Check out the old musical furnishing‘s website which has more with examples.

The Vegetable Orchestra

The Vegetable Orchestra performs music solely on instruments made of vegetables. Using carrot flutes, pumpkin basses, leek violins, leek-zucchini-vibrators, cucumberophones and celery bongos, the orchestra creates its own extraordinary and vegetabile sound universe. The ensemble overcomes preserved and marinated sound conceptions or tirelessly re-stewed listening habits, putting its focus on expanding the variety of vegetable instruments, developing novel musical ideas and exploring fresh vegetable sound gardens.

Shape of Things That Hum

Eight part series made by Jacques Peretti from 2001, looking at cult electronic instruments and how they have influenced modern music.

Here are the links to each episode:

[1 – AKAI]
[2 – TR808]
[3 – TB303]
[4 – Simmons Drums]
[5 – Fairlight]
[6 – DX7]
[7 – Vocoder]
[8 – MiniMoog]

Found via post at kvr.


Reactable is a tabletop tangible user interface allowing several performers to control the instrument simultaneously. By moving physical objects on the table surface, users can interact with one another (locally or remotely). Researched and developed by the “Interactive Sonic Systems” team at Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona Spain.

A video camera beneath the translucent table tracks the position and relationship between the objects and instant visual feedback is displayed by a projector.

The Semekrys: an innovative MIDI instrument

The Semekrys was developed by Nicolas Fournel in the early 1990s. It uses four touch-screens, 2 were continuous controls and the other 2 had 96 square zones to locate the position of the finger, to send MIDI data to an Amiga 2000.


Freqtric Drums

Freqtric Drums is a drum machine enabling a performer to interact directly with the audience. Both the performer and the audience drums wear rings connecting them to an interface. Skin contact is detected using Electro Dermal Activity (EDA) and human skin resistance, which are used in Polygraphs. The drum sounds are triggered by the drummer touching an audience members hand (or even nose or forehead). It’s MIDI enabled to allow any drum sounds to be used. There are more videos here [1] [2]


Developed by James Patten and Ben Recht, the audiopad tracks the position of objects on a tabletop and converts the movement into sound. The display provides visual feedback for the performer and the audience. The system is based on an earlier device made by James Patten called SenseTable.