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World Music

World Music

It turns out that when you plug in a drawing of some of the major continents into MIDI sequencing software, it actually makes a surprisingly pleasant little tune. Be sure to listen to the U.S., Europe, South America, and Africa by themselves too.

Beatbox DIY Drum Machine

Beatbox DIY Drum Machine

A fun DIY kit for musicians, electronics hobbyists, and just about anyone who likes cool gadgets. The Rhythmo Beatbox lets you build a MIDI controller and drum machine in a cardboard box. It’s got arcade-style buttons, built-in sounds, a battery, and speakers. Its companion mobile app enables sound customization.

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Lekholm DM48 MIDI Harmonica

Lekholm DM48 MIDI Harmonica

Like a real harmonica, Lekholm’s musical tech senses its player’s breathing both in and out, but it outputs those modulations as MIDI signals for controlling synthesizers. The example performance is Cole Porter’s You’d Be So Nice to Come Home to, using a Yamaha VL70-m acoustic sound module.

Henry Hoover Dreams of Africa

Henry Hoover Dreams of Africa

Despite being known as Henry Hoover, the kooky canister vacuum isn’t made by Hoover. But that doesn’t matter right now. Instead, the perpetually-smiling cleaner ponders bigger questions, and dreams about another life – as a musician. And he gets his wish at 2:53.

Dubler Studio Kit

Dubler Studio Kit

Vochlea Music’s hardware/software combo is a vocal recognition MIDI controller. It consists of a custom made USB microphone and a Mac and Windows program that lets you control synths and trigger samples with your voice. It works with practically any DAW.

The Floppy Disk Boombox

The Floppy Disk Boombox

Techmoan shows off some more more awesomely weird retro tech. The Roland MT-80S was a compact music player that played back MIDI files using songs stored on a 3.5 inch floppy disk. Since it was designed for learning music, it also packed a digital metronome.

Stylophone Business Card

Stylophone Business Card

Artist, designer, and musician Tim Alex Jacobs or Mixtela shows off one of the coolest business cards ever. His custom-designed card has a built in printed circuit board and metallic keys that serve as a tiny stylophone-style MIDI controller when plugged into a USB port.

Joué Modular MIDI Controller

Joué Modular MIDI Controller

Joué is an incredibly versatile MIDI controller, thanks to its swappable modules. The modules’ buttons are made of soft and elastic material that responds to pressure very nicely. There are eight modules to choose from, some familiar and some quite unorthodox.

Zoom ARQ Aero RhythmTrak

Zoom ARQ Aero RhythmTrak

This strange looking gadget isn’t a self-aware vacuum cleaner. It’s a complete drum machine, sequencer, synthesizer, looper, clip launcher, and wireless MIDI controller in one. Its packed with hundreds of sounds, and has 96 velocity and pressure-sensitive pads.

Glorious MIDI Unicorn

Glorious MIDI Unicorn

It took him a whole lot of work, but Andrew Huang created a seemingly magical piece of music which looks like a unicorn when viewed in the note grid of his MIDI sequencer. For more musical images, check out the works of musician Savant.

Deal: Minim Mobile Music Maker

Deal: Minim Mobile Music Maker

Create music on the go with this wireless controller which works in conjunction with MIDI music sequencing software on Macs or iOS devices. It has 8 pads, 15 buttons, a touch fader, and a 3D motion sensor, and is the same width and height as an iPhone 6 Plus or 7 Plus.

Deal: iWord Electronic Digital Drum Kit

Deal: iWord Electronic Digital Drum Kit

Turn your desktop into a complete drum kit with this roll-up electronic drum pad. The system includes 7 drum pads and two foot pedals, and you can listen via headphones, built-in speakers, or use it as a USB Midi controller. Save 37% in The Awesomer Shop. Demo here.

Kontrol Surface 1974 Controller

Kontrol Surface 1974 Controller

While iPads are all the rage with electronic musicians, the Kontrol Surface 1974 is a real pro tool, with a 22-inch multitouch glass screen and software for controlling Windows or Mac MIDI apps.

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