A Crafts Community For Craft Ideas & DIY Projects - Craftster.org
Help | About | Contact | Press | Advertise | Cookie Policy | Terms | Site Map
Welcome, Guest.
Please login or register.
Monday, May 23 News:  Please take a moment to congratulate and thank our newest Craftster Moderators, lindyv321, pottermouth, PerfectlyBohemian, Mistress Jennie and LovelyMiss!
Total Members: 305,651
Currently Running With Scissors:
328 Guests and 4 Users
Home Craftster Community Crafting Articles Craft Tutorials My Craftster Crafting Calendar City Guides Craft Shop


Pages: 1 2 3 [All]
Jump to page:
  Show Images Only     Send this topic  |  Print  |  Bookmark  
Topic: Backpack-mounted reed organ  (Read 6652 times)
Tags for this thread: musical_instrument , featured_project , craftster_best_of_2013  Add new tag
Share the love... Pin it Submit to reddit add to Wists
1+
 
ChainCrafts
Archaic Artisan
Offline Offline

Posts: 78
Joined: 07-Mar-2011

The Nyckelharpa is a lovely, strange beast!


View Profile WWW
« on: July 04, 2013 01:10:11 AM »



A long while back I embarked upon a quest to build a very strange instrument that I had imagined. The end result is an acoustic, human powered, portable, wearable reed organ. I've taken to calling it the "Borgan" Cheesy



To make the borgan, I used two old accordions that were in need of repair. Both of their button-boxes were shot, but the keyboard and bellows from both instruments only needed a little bit of TLC. So they were given new life within this strange frame.

The air for the instrument is generated via two foot-pumps which I built from plywood, leather, cabinet hinges and springs:


It flows from the foot pumps and is stored in the bellows, which have been linked together:


When notes are pressed on the keyboard, air flows out of the larger air hoses and into an air intake on the back of the keyboard assembly - where it then flows over the reeds to produce sound:


For a demo, I played a very shortened version of Mozart's Rondo in A Minor  Smiley
http://youtu.be/2hyAH6iYwzQ

My favorite part of this project was the discovery that I'm actually NOT the first person to build an instrument like this. Much to my delight, someone who heard about what I planned to build sent me a link to an instrument built by an Argentinian man in the 1980's. The man's name is Nez Corts and he calls his instrument the Organo De Campanias. It's absolutely beautiful and information on his instrument can be found here (in spanish): http://www.lesluthiers.com/frame_instrumentos.htm
« Last Edit: July 08, 2013 11:32:55 AM by jungrrl - Reason: embedded video » THIS ROCKS   Logged

Taramor
« Reply #1 on: July 04, 2013 03:41:16 AM »

Wonderful project! I ardmire your creativity!
THIS ROCKS   Logged

Kookaloo_Starr
Offline Offline

Posts: 7376
Joined: 28-Jul-2006

the best things in life aren't things!


View Profile WWW
« Reply #2 on: July 04, 2013 03:49:11 AM »

OUTSTANDING! I'm in awe of people who can make music,that goes double for people who can make instruments!  Grin
« Last Edit: July 04, 2013 03:49:46 AM by Kookaloo_Starr - Reason: my fingers are faster than my brain » THIS ROCKS   Logged

Use what talent you possess - the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best
50 in '14
50 in '15
Ludi
Friend of Craftster Friend of Craftster

May the Ghost Squid be with you.
Offline Offline

Posts: 11388
Joined: 06-Jan-2008


View Profile WWW available for personal swaps
« Reply #3 on: July 04, 2013 06:10:28 AM »

Fantastic! 
THIS ROCKS   Logged

"We can have anything we want, because we can make it." - RovingAnarchist

http://ernestthesiger.org/
https://www.gofundme.com/ernestthesiger
http://immenseminiatures.com/
craftylittlemonkey
Friend of Craftster Friend of Craftster

"Be yourself, everyone else is already taken." Oscar Wilde
Offline Offline

Posts: 2136
Joined: 03-Jun-2006


View Profile WWW
« Reply #4 on: July 04, 2013 07:08:40 AM »

That is amazing.
THIS ROCKS   Logged

The bad news: There is no key to happiness.
The good news: It isn't locked.
Midnight Sun
Offline Offline

Posts: 1155
Joined: 05-Dec-2005

The northern lights have seen queer sights.....


View Profile available for personal swaps
« Reply #5 on: July 04, 2013 08:52:39 AM »

You, sir, are a creative genius!!  I watched the Youtube vid and it's really cool!  Love the whole concept  Grin
THIS ROCKS   Logged

"OH MY GOD! Pot Smoking!? You know what that leads to?! MUNCHIES! And you know what THAT means: TRANS-FAT. God knows, you don't want your kids getting into THAT."

-- Pauline
lady4feet
« Reply #6 on: July 04, 2013 12:37:41 PM »

 Shocked Wow! Very impressed.
THIS ROCKS   Logged

jexxican
« Reply #7 on: July 04, 2013 02:00:38 PM »

Had to show my husband this. Too great.
THIS ROCKS   Logged

"The perplexity of life arises from there being too many interesting things in it for us to be interested properly in any of them."
- G. K. Chesterton

A clean house is a sign of a wasted life.

It's much more fun, this growing down. -RIP Uncle Shelby-
Leslieshappyheart
Tutorial Contributor

Friend of Craftster Friend of Craftster

Offline Offline

Posts: 3319
Joined: 30-Dec-2010

A happy heart makes the face cheerful! Pr 15:13


View Profile WWW available for personal swaps
« Reply #8 on: July 04, 2013 02:30:32 PM »

Wonderfully creative--I love it!
THIS ROCKS   Logged

My crafty blog: Leslie's Art and Sew

My dolly blog: Blythe Happy
goldfishpollywog
Goldfish kisses *<><
Offline Offline

Posts: 3544
Joined: 24-Mar-2008

I have Never met an unimportant person. Never.


View Profile WWW available for personal swaps
« Reply #9 on: July 04, 2013 04:53:32 PM »

Trully beautiful instrument!  Love it!
THIS ROCKS   Logged

The Pin(trest) are mightier than the sword.

LV Tumblr - possible swap spoilers
JenniferSavage
« Reply #10 on: July 04, 2013 05:33:00 PM »

This is brilliant!
THIS ROCKS   Logged

"I can make that!" has been the start of more misadventures than I can count Cheesy
Pinterest - http://pinterest.com/ShesASavage

My username was previously MyBabyIsACommunist!
pinokeeo
Offline Offline

Posts: 7761
Joined: 08-Mar-2007

You cannot master what you will not try


View Profile
« Reply #11 on: July 06, 2013 10:39:42 PM »

I love this concept, and the fact that it is recycled.  Yay for you!!!
THIS ROCKS   Logged

50 projects-shooting for 100--- 122 done

Just married...after 22 years of unwedded bliss.
rackycoo
Global Moderator
Swap Moderator
Paper Crafts, Scrapbooking, and ATCs Moderator

Tutorial Contributor

Friend of Craftster Friend of Craftster

Member of the Papercraft Gang
Offline Offline

Posts: 28395
Joined: 01-Apr-2005

"Best of 2014" Winner; too lazy to change avatar.


View Profile WWW
« Reply #12 on: July 08, 2013 06:47:50 AM »

I love it. So creative.
THIS ROCKS   Logged

Check out my Etsy shop. Scary Toys and Halloween for everyone!
My blog: junk&stuff
Pinterest
dulcet
Offline Offline

Posts: 1022
Joined: 04-Mar-2009

hopscotch on bubble-wrap


View Profile
« Reply #13 on: July 08, 2013 05:40:15 PM »

Wow! 
So does each keyboard play the same octaves, or is there a treble and a bass?
THIS ROCKS   Logged

I have boxes of vintage piano music.  Some as old as 1890's!  PM me if you'd like some!

Thing-A-Day
ChainCrafts
Archaic Artisan
Offline Offline

Posts: 78
Joined: 07-Mar-2011

The Nyckelharpa is a lovely, strange beast!


View Profile WWW
« Reply #14 on: July 09, 2013 12:14:55 AM »

Wow! 
So does each keyboard play the same octaves, or is there a treble and a bass?

The answer, strangely enough, is both. The left-hand keyboard has two sound settings and the right-hand keyboard has three. These sound settings make it possible to engage or disengage airflow to different sets of reeds within the keyboards. So, for example, you can set it up so that the bass and treble reeds are both engaged on the left hand, but only the treble reeds are engaged on the right. Or you can set it so that both keyboards are treble. It's nice because it allows the instrument to be a bit adaptable Smiley
THIS ROCKS   Logged

Abbeeroad
Tutorial Contributor

Friend of Craftster Friend of Craftster

Offline Offline

Posts: 5735
Joined: 21-Jan-2010

All you need is love.


View Profile WWW available for personal swaps
« Reply #15 on: July 09, 2013 12:51:27 PM »

Amazing!!! And gorgeous shots of you playing.
THIS ROCKS   Logged

flyangler
« Reply #16 on: July 10, 2013 06:45:12 PM »

More art than craft! Well done!
THIS ROCKS   Logged
rebecnik
« Reply #17 on: July 12, 2013 03:40:28 AM »

WOOOOOOOOOOW. This is magical.
THIS ROCKS   Logged
blue_lalita
« Reply #18 on: July 12, 2013 10:25:01 AM »

You are truly a mad scientist. Love it.
THIS ROCKS   Logged
greybird
Friend of Craftster Friend of Craftster

<3 birds, glitter, sparkles <3
Offline Offline

Posts: 3107
Joined: 12-Jul-2006


View Profile WWW
« Reply #19 on: July 12, 2013 11:37:10 AM »

Awesome!   Cheesy  I had to click "This Rocks!"   Cheesy   
THIS ROCKS   Logged

Belladune
Tutorial Contributor

Friend of Craftster Friend of Craftster

crazy crafty momma
Offline Offline

Posts: 11756
Joined: 04-Sep-2008

'darn kids, they were pesky from the start' D. Lee


View Profile WWW
« Reply #20 on: July 12, 2013 11:49:56 AM »

absolutely brilliant.  so very cool indeed.
THIS ROCKS   Logged

AmyLynn98
« Reply #21 on: July 13, 2013 05:42:09 AM »

SERIOUSLY???  Shocked That is probably the coolest thing I'm going to see today. Smiley
THIS ROCKS   Logged

My zombie gnome was a 2013 Featured Project, my KISS gnomes were an August 2014 Featured Project, and my TARDIS was a February 2016 Featured Project. Thanks for voting for them.

Check out my posts on Geek Crafts or at amylynn98.blogspot.com/
ysmeine
« Reply #22 on: July 13, 2013 07:54:55 AM »

That was fun to watch. I imagined you would have to be stationary until you proved otherwise. Must have been a real workout too.
THIS ROCKS   Logged

jungrrl
Global Moderator
Crafty Business Advice Moderator

Tutorial Contributor

Friend of Craftster Friend of Craftster

I'm a portmanteau.
Offline Offline

Posts: 18074
Joined: 17-Jun-2004

Former Full-time Craftster-er


View Profile WWW
« Reply #23 on: July 17, 2013 12:01:38 PM »

This is a Featured Project! Congrats!  Smiley
THIS ROCKS   Logged

yoopidou
« Reply #24 on: July 27, 2013 03:06:52 PM »

Marvelous!
I wish i could hear you play.
THIS ROCKS   Logged
stillatthetop
« Reply #25 on: October 14, 2013 10:47:50 PM »

How absolutely totally cool. I thought I was a smarty pants to build my own "boomba", but this just takes the cake! I am mesmerized. Honestly. It just blows me away. (Pardon the "air" pun there, I have played accordian before.  Grin) I currently play drums. Too bad I am not nearer to Washington (I am Tennessee) or we could get together and JAM!

~T

THIS ROCKS   Logged

NEW REQUEST: Need quilting fabric with ONLY purple, grey, green. Solids or Prints in any combination/shades, but NO OTHER COLORS ALLOWED. HELP! They are hard to find.
To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
sweets4ever
The Craftster Admin
Tutorial Contributor

Friend of Craftster Friend of Craftster

Offline Offline

Posts: 41950
Joined: 18-Jan-2005


View Profile
« Reply #26 on: January 31, 2014 06:42:04 PM »

Congrats!!

You're a Craftster Best of 2013 Winner!

Craftster Best of 2013 Winner

Feel free to use this badge as your avatar!
If you'd like to use it as a badge on your personal website or blog, you can grab the full code at the bottom of this page.
THIS ROCKS   Logged

Do more of what makes you happy.
LimeRiot
Image Reproduction Techniques Moderator
Miscellaneous Topics Moderator

Tutorial Contributor

Friend of Craftster Friend of Craftster

Offline Offline

Posts: 13419
Joined: 10-Jun-2009

Sublime


View Profile WWW available for personal swaps
« Reply #27 on: February 02, 2014 07:17:47 PM »

I was really happy to see this was a best-of winner. It's an epic project!! Congrats.
THIS ROCKS   Logged

Threads you might like:
Pages: 1 2 3 [All] Jump to page:
  Send this topic  |  Print  |  Bookmark  
 
Jump to:  



FacebookTwitterPinterest
only results with images
include swap threads
advanced search



How-To Videos
How to Make a Caramel Apple Cake
Baking Hack 2:Ingredient Pancake
Hacks to Take Your Dessert Game to the Next Level
Stuffed Monkey Bread
How to Make a Classic French Chocolate Mousse
Latest Blog Articles
Tute Tuesday: Painted Background
Easy Summer Salads
Meatless Monday: Gluten Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Comparison Shopping




Support Craftster
Become a
Friend of Craftster

Buy Craftster Swag
Buy Craft Supplies
Comparison Shopping

Craftster heartily thanks the following peeps...
Moderators

Follow Craftster...






Powered by MySQL Powered by PHP Powered by SMF 1.1.11 | SMF © 2006-2009, Simple Machines LLC
SimplePortal 2.3.5 © 2008-2012, SimplePortal
Valid XHTML 1.0! Valid CSS!

Copyright ©2003-2016, Craftster.org an Internet Brands company.