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That Squishy Key Piano Is Now Available As a Free 3D Touch iPhone App

At $800 for the small version , Seaboard’s Roli keyboards —with their touch sensitive squishy keys that let musicians enhance their performances while they play—aren’t cheap. But taking advantage of the iPhone 6s’ 3D Touch feature, there’s now a free Roli app that provides a similar experience on your phone.

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Andrew Liszewski

December 18th

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A Music Box Is Secretly an Engineering Marvel

You give the handle a few cranks and listen to it plink out a few seconds of Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star, but if you were to crack open a music box and dig deep into the mechanics of how it works, you’d find some deceptively simple but brilliant engineering that’s been refined over the centuries.

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Andrew Liszewski on Toyland, shared by Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan to Gizmodo

December 8th

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There’s Now a Compact Version of That Piano With Those Squishy Tube Keys

Seaboard’s Roli brought some genuine innovation to electronic keyboards (not just another Rick Astley remix demo mode) with soft touch-sensitive keys giving musicians new ways to play. And now there’s a compact version called the Rise for those who don’t have room for 88 keys—err, tubes.

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Andrew Liszewski

September 10th

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3D-Printed Flutes Can Produce Notes that Regular Flutes Can’t

3D Printing has been around long enough for playable 3D-printed instruments to exist, but most musicians will still opt for one made using traditional methods. That could soon change, however, as researchers have found a way to design and 3D print musical instruments capable of producing unique notes that traditional instruments can’t.

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Andrew Liszewski

June 18th

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Meet the master saxophone maker who’s so good he’s considered a magician

There are so many moving parts in a saxophone (like hundreds of ‘em!) and so many holes and so much going on in the instrument that it always needs tinkering and adjustment so it’s no wonder that Steve Goodson, legendary saxophone designer and restorer, is basically considered a magician for what he does. Anthony Bourdain shares his meeting with Goodson in the latest episode of Raw Craft below.

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Casey Chan on Sploid, shared by Casey Chan to Gizmodo

June 9th

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Watch a musician play every instrument in a 70-person orchestra at once

This is great. Ben Morfitt cleverly and hilariously recorded a video of himself playing every instrument of a 70-person orchestra at the same time. It looks like he’s conducting an entire orchestra of musicians but it’s really an expertly edited cut of 70 versions of himself playing all at once.

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Casey Chan on Sploid, shared by Casey Chan to Gizmodo

May 14th

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This 3D Printed Violin Looks Like A Klingon Weapon 

It looks straight out of science fiction, but this terrifying contraption is actually one very modern string instrument. The “Piezoelectric Violin,” brainchild of architects at Miami’s MONAD Studio, has got only two strings, and it’s 3D printed, but according to the designers, it still plays and sounds like its ancestral instrument.

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Maddie Stone

April 11th

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If You Try the HTML5 Drum Machine, It’s All You’ll Do for the Next Hour

This dead simple drum machine that runs in your browser is so much fun.

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Mario Aguilar

March 21st

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Make Music By Solving or Scrambling This Sequencer’s Rubik Cubes

With a little custom software, a camera, and some musical know-how, you can turn sixteen customized Rubik's Cubes into a unique interface for a music sequencer. However, unless you're one of those Rubik's idiot savants who can solve them in seconds, this probably isn't the best instrument for live performances.

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Andrew Liszewski

March 18th

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Video: The incredible skill of hand making a guitar out of wood

I don't know what I'm most impressed with in this video of a guitar being made by hand: Eitan's Bartel absolute love for the instrument he makes, the perfect measurements needed to craft one of his guitars, the unbelievable skill and precision required in each step, the shots of woodworking, the imagination of smell. It goes on.

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Casey Chan

February 18th

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