Stamped Synth

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    Stamped Synth is an open-circuit synthesizer you can play
    with bare hands. This instrument takes no time to learn,
    and is fun to play on-the-go.
     
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    Q. How do I make an electronic instrument that reveals how it works and what it's made of?
     
     
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    I love my harmonica
    It's easy to pick up and play
    But it's materiality is hidden
    I sought to create an instrument that
    embodied its function
     
     
     
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    Market Validation
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    Who, What, Where
     
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    Music hackers.  Blurring the lines of tech and art, they love
    experimenting with new music toys
     
     
     
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    Music/Tech lifestyle stores.  Places like Dijitalfix in SF and Transistor in Chicago offer records, objects, and music technology at a premium prices
     
     
     
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    Portable instruments.  From acoustic to electronic. Critter + Guitari (middle) make mini synthesizers for their studio in Brooklyn.  Meinl (right), manufactures portable mini-drums like the cajón




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    Process
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    Playing, Building, and Manufacturing
     
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    I made cracklebox synths- raw copper emiting gnarly sounds.  
    I dipped the copper in paint, bent it, scratched it, and stamped it
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    With the generous help of Eagle Tool, Inc.
    in Providence,  I used an industrial hydraulic press
    to make refined prototypes