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Hear the ‘Super Mario Bros.’ theme played on an ancient Chinese instrument

The Super Mario Bros. theme is possibly the most ubiquitous (and perhaps played-out) video game music around, but a young musician has found a way to make it interesting again — by performing it on an ancient Chinese instrument called the sheng. The instrument’s natural tone fits perfectly with the Super Mario Bros. theme, and the musician’s ability to re-create signature sound effects like coins and mushrooms elevates this performance above many of the other cover that have cropped up over the years. The novelty of seeing it performed on an instrument that was created thousands of years ago.

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Ototo by Dentaku: Create a multivariable digital musical instrument with virtually anything from bananas to bicycles

Ototo by Dentaku


We’ve all found ourselves banging out a rhythm with some produce or tapping the keys to an imaginary keyboard on a pile of books—right? Now music creativity has reached ingenious new heights with the Ototo, an all-in-one musical instrument invention kit from London-based…

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This $75 synthesizer will turn anything into an instrument

Yuri Suzuki, the designer that brought you cabs that create music from street noise and helped Disney turn your earlobe into a speaker, is launching a Kickstarter through his company Dentaku for a circuit board that turns anything and everything into a musical instrument. Calling Ototo a circuit board is selling it short; it’s actually a customizable synthesizer that can be played straight away using your fingers. However, if you connect a clip from any conductive material to one of the synthesizer’s contact points, touching that material will play a note on the synthesizer. The list of objects this will work with is virtually endless, but a video launching the Kickstarter campaign shows Ototo connected to all manner of fruit,…

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