February 8, 2012 7:41 AM   Subscribe

Every year I spend the month of February making a new musical instrument (or vaguely musical-instrument-like-thing) every day of the month. I'm up to Day 7 of Year 5. I document each instrument on the blog, and often try to share all the construction details, plans, and so forth. The instruments-a-day range in ambition from banging a trash can with a stick to a complete working violin, depending on the time, energy, and inspiration I have each day. Some of the things I've made have been fun for a few days; some are complete garbage; and some have actually been used in performances around the world, by me and by real musicians! Although the blog posts often have more details, the flickr collection is a nice way to get an overview of the project.
Role: designer, builder, videographer, coder
posted by moonmilk (7 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

Wow. These instruments are quite fascinating! And I'm only halfway through your first round.
posted by jillithd at 9:22 AM on February 8, 2012

This is SO cool. Have skimmed for now. Must go through them more thoroughly. Thank you!
posted by bardophile at 10:25 AM on February 8, 2012

So much good stuff here.

I've been following the last couple, and have tried my hand at a few of the ideas here.

I think the magnetically bent music box might be next. Or maybe the Brass toad-o-phone. Or the laser cut whistles. Or the piano pickup. Or...

Oddly, I think I independently tried a laser cut tongue drum and also found it a failure. Alas.

I can also verify that black Pomeranians are ripe for sampling.
posted by alikins at 11:12 AM on February 8, 2012

I'm going to have to see some photographic evidence of your Pomeranian research, alikins.
posted by moonmilk at 12:07 PM on February 8, 2012

that 8-bit violin is neato!
posted by dubold at 3:50 AM on February 10, 2012

This year's instrument-a-day is complete, ending with a rainy day.
posted by moonmilk at 1:54 PM on February 29, 2012

Instrument-a-day is back for 2015! (It was also back in 2014 and 2013 but I didn't think to mention it here.)
posted by moonmilk at 8:55 AM on February 4, 2015 [1 favorite]

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