Junkyard Jam Band: DIY Musical Instruments and Noisemakers

Junkyard Jam Band: DIY Musical Instruments and Noisemakers

by David Erik Nelson


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Making music doesn’t have to be about dropping big bucks in the guitar shop or endlessly fiddling with expensive software. You can make good noise out of bits of wood and wire, plastic and steel. When you build your own instruments, creating your own sound comes naturally.

Junkyard Jam Band is a step-by-step guide to making a full array of complete musical projects—no previous carpentry or electronics experience required. Each build includes tips on how to coax the best sounds out of the instrument and encourages you to mod the project to fit your own style.

Learn how to:
–Bust up your old tape decks for a handheld old-skool Scratchbox
–Give your voice a robotic makeover with the Droid Voicebox
–Circuit-bend unsuspecting childhood toys into mutant glitching jazz-punk machines
–Transform cigar boxes into thumb pianos and electric ukuleles
–Build a crackling, multifunction Mud-n-Sizzle Preamp to attach to any electric music machine

Along the way, you’ll explore the physics behind wind instruments, discover how harmonics work, and get your feet wet with some music theory. To top it all off, the back of the book includes a soldering primer for total beginners, along with extra circuits to customize your instruments even further.

Build your own band your way!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781593276119
Publisher: No Starch Press
Publication date: 10/01/2015
Pages: 408
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile: 1180L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 Years

About the Author

David Erik Nelson is an essayist, freelance writer, and award-winning science fiction author whose stories have appeared in Asimov’s and The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, among others. He is the author of Snip, Burn, Solder, Shred (No Starch Press).

Table of Contents

Part I: Quick Projects and Tinkering
Chapter 1: The Slinkiphone
Chapter 2: The Plasti-Pickup
Chapter 3: The Elephant Trumpet
Chapter 4: The CPVC Slide Whistle
Chapter 5: The Scratchbox
Chapter 6: The Droid Voicebox
Chapter 7: Circuit-Bending for Beginners
Chapter 8: Junkshop Percussion
Part II: Weekend Projects
Chapter 9: The Playing-Card Pickup
Chapter 10: The Robo-Tiki Steel-Stringed Ukulele
Chapter 11: The Twang & Roar Kalimba
Chapter 12: The Mud-n-Sizzle Preamp
Chapter 13: The Universal LFO
Chapter 14: The Twin-T Phaser/Wah
Chapter 15: The Single-Chip Space Invader Synth
Chapter 16: The Bleepbox 8-Step Analog Sequencer
Appendix A: Electronics Components, Tools, and Skills
Appendix B: Extra Circuits
Appendix C: Music Theory Crash Course

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