Luthiers de la Musica Digital: Handmade Music Makes a Racket, Draws a Crowd

Last night, a reasonably-sized mob squeezed between workbenches at Etsy Labs to enjoy the latest Handmade Music night, organized by myself and CDM, Etsy.com, and Make Magazine. At this point, I’d normally try to explain what the concept behind Handmade Music is, but, like so many things, it sounds way cooler in Spanish. Mangas Verdes writes (responding to the latest video from Etsy): Son músicos, son artesanos y son modernos. ¿Quién quiere pagar miles de euros por un sampler o un sintetizador? ¿Quién dijo que en en el campo de los instrumentos musicales tampoco hay nada nuevo bajo el sol? …

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Reminder: Event Tonight in Brooklyn

Monome co-creator Brian Crabtree, sampling into Max. Photo by saguirl from Etsy. It’s time for the third-ever, semi-regular Handmade Music Night with CDM, Etsy.com, and Make Magazine. If you have friends in the NYC area, make sure they drop by. In the lineup: the first-ever public debut of the Monome 256, Richard Lainhart playing a live set, Eric’s Giant Wall of Musical Switches, and my Webcam Controller of Terror. (More info over on Etsy’s site.) Where: Etsy Labs 325 Gold Street, 6th Fl. Brooklyn, NY 11201 Take the A/C/F to Jay St. or B/M/Q/R to DeKalb. Map It’s pretty easy …

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Video: Handmade Musical Creations, Zany and Practical; See You Thursday

Click To Play Video link [blip.tv / Etsy] The crazy gimmicks are fun, but what drives people to build or customize their own musical creations is ultimately the desire to make music. Etsy.com dispatched a lovely videographer to cover the most recent Handmade Music night, co-organized with us CDMers and Make Magazine. Check out the video for a glimpse of the broad range of work people are making, from instruments practical to zany, game systems to hacked commercial controllers to open source hardware to DIY creations. My favorite quote comes from Brian Crabtree, co-creator of Monome, about what it’s all …

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