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The Mouth Violin

The Mouth Violin

Maker of unusual instruments and musician Nicolas Bras is back with another strange music maker. This time he’s showing off a one-string violin that uses its player’s mouth to produce resonant frequencies. In this case, it isn’t a totally original invention – it’s based on a Vietnamese instrument known as the k’ni.

Oscillatorial Binnage

Oscillatorial Binnage

The music that they create might not be the most melodic, but the way “post-electronic” London quartet Oscillatorial Binnage makes its strange and ethereal sounds certainly is creative. The band plays instruments made from recycled objects that reverberate when exposed to electromagnetic fields.

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AI Gahaku: AI Painter

AI Gahaku: AI Painter

Developed by software engineer sato_neet, this online plaything lets you upload a portrait, and then uses deep learning technology to transform your image into a renaissance painting. The resulting outputs range from artful to hilarious.

Smoothed-out Criminal

Smoothed-out Criminal

YouTube channel EveryOtherBeat has a single gimmick – removing every other beat from popular songs. Sometimes it works, and other times it’s downright strange. But in the case of Michael Jackson’s Smooth Criminal, the result is simply magical.

Stepper Motor Organ

Stepper Motor Organ

It may not be the most sonically pleasing instrument, but the engineering behind Josh Sheldon’s build makes up for it. The organ uses 49 stepper motors which spin backwards against variably-sized disks, producing waves of electrical current which can be amplified.

Pull Me to Life

Pull Me to Life

Designer Juno Jeon created this intriguing piece of wood furniture, a small table which features a textured surface which moves like the scales on a strange looking animal when its drawer is opened or closed.

Meet the Earthship

Meet the Earthship

Filmmakers Flora Lichtman and Katherine Wells look a look at a 100% off-grid community outside of Taos, New Mexico founded by architect Michael Reynolds. What makes these sustainable, solar structures unique is that they’re built from garbage like tires and cans.

Mechanical Techno

Mechanical Techno

Artist Graham Dunning demonstrates how to replicate sounds normally created with synthesizers and digital equipment, instead using a turntable, vinyl records, and mechanical and electrical devices in their place. The whole thing gets pretty bonkers by the end.

Unicorns from Hell

Unicorns from Hell

(NSFW: Language) Have you ever stopped to wonder if unicorns aren’t the magical creatures you always thought they were, but in fact hellspawn? Yeah, us neither. Now check out this crazy video.

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