54: The Guitar Zeros
Making real music with play instruments. By Jay Laney
56: 21st-Century Keytars
Hack your Guitar Hero controllers. By Owen Grace
60: Drumbot Activate!
Build a MIDI kit that plays drums. By Michael Una
64: Laser Harp
Play strings of light. By Stephen Hobley
70: The Moof Tronic Mini Synth
Conjure music from a tiny instrument. By Brian McNamara
74: USB Gamepad Music Controller
An effects controller from a gamepad. By Brian Schmierer
78: Hooked on Phononics
Filter sound frequencies with metal tubes. By Charles Platt
82: Stomp Box Basics
Learn to create tremolo and fuzz effects. By Charles Platt
86: Music at Maker Faire
Wild and wonderful music from our Bay Area 2008 event.
ON THE COVER: The Guitar Zeros rock to the
fullest, DIY style, in Brooklyn, N. Y. Photographed by
Elena Dorfman and styled by Sam Murphy. Thanks to
Julian Honoré for the awesome lighting bolt.
Share the adventure with books. By Dale Dougherty
88: Electronic Drum Kit 14: Make Free
Make big pads for a micro drum machine. By Tom Zimmerman Pull the plug on net abusers like Fox, the RIAA, and the MPAA.
By Cory Doctorow
16: Reader Input
Tales of boating experiments and childhood hijinks.
26: Hands On
Escape the module. By Bruce Sterling
28: Maker’s Corner
Inspire kids. By Dan Woods
30: MakeShift: Germs on a Plane
By Lee D. Zlotoff
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