We were fascinated to see a new video from The Creators Project recently — it explores the work of South Korean artist Viktor Jan, and specifically a home-made Traktor controller he’s made that starts or stops various loops as you put them in and take them out of a kitchen saucepan. The device blurs the line between art and utility, but it does call to mind all the weird and wonderful ways you can make music if you step outside the idea of using the same prefabricated instruments that everyone else does. Here are some other weird and wonderful homemade instruments — some are used by famous musicians, and others are pleasantly bizarre YouTube discoveries.
Mica Levi’s vacuum cleaner
Micachu’s pleasantly headache-inducing debut album Jewellery was full of all sorts of unusual sounds, many of them produced by unlikely objects. Perhaps the most famous is the vacuum cleaner she breaks out every so often, but she also uses broken bottles, a homemade guitar, and “a bowed instrument fashioned from a CD rack.” (It’s nice to see someone has a use for a CD rack in 2013, eh?)