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How to Build a Robotic Accordion in an Afternoon

Call it a keycordion.

by Brian Anderson
Aug 6 2014, 4:52pm

We've been running a special rebroadcast of the first season of  Sound Builders, our show about noise (and the people rethinking how to make it), all week on Motherboard. We hope it tides you over until the forthcoming season of Sound Builders, which you can catch here this month.

But first, here's Ranjit Bhatnagar, a veteran sound builder with Brooklyn hackerspace NYC Resistor, who is perhaps best known for putting himself through a "28 Instruments, 28 Days" challenge each February. When we caught up with Bhatnagar in 2010, he was busy hotwiring an old accordion into something altogether bizarre. Call it a keycordian.

"I don't have much of a music background," Ranjit admitted. "I wasn't sure that I would develop any musical talent in messing around with these things, but I'm glad I'm actually getting a little bit of progress there."

Stay tuned for the premiere of our next season of Sound Builders right here on Motherboard.

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The Fine Art of Turning (Toy) Weapons Into Guitars

This Is What an Underwater Pipe Organ Sounds Like

Meet Reed Ghazala, the Father of Circuit Bending

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