Phone Home Xylophone

Create a universe of spacey sounds with this recordable, morphable mini-xylophone.
created by

Richard Upchurch

$250.00

Richard Upchurch created by

Richard Upchurch

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Other than playful E.T.'s, who needs a recordable, morphable mini-xylophone? Aspiring space rock auteurs, audiophile friends who have almost everything, and teens who’ve just discovered analog—that’s who. This handmade instrument welds a tuneful percussion favorite to electronic innards for an interactive space sound generator. Holding the red record button, play a tune with the included aluminum mallet, and then press the black playback button to let the far-out fun begin. The old-school looping, pitch-bending, and delay controls turn the original tune into atmospheric effects worthy of any extraterrestrial ensemble. Housed in a handcrafted Baltic birch and poplar package, the gadget may inspire you to score documentaries on exoplanet exploration.

Two AAA batteries included. Handmade by Richard Upchurch in Dallas, Texas.

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Made in Texas

Richard Upchurch

created by

Richard Upchurch

location

New York

created by

Richard Upchurch

location

New York

“Everything we do is built on previous days and our ability to move forward into something positive. Those days add up.”

While visiting his family in Mississippi, Richard Upchurch was sitting in the living room with his nephew, who was lost in a sea of toys. In the cacophony of beeps and pre-recorded noises, he thought it would be fun to build him a device to explore his own voice. Richard started out cutting and sanding wood on his apartment roof, gluing parts in his bedroom, and assembling in the kitchen. A year later, he began to build his business and community at a wood shop in Brooklyn. His company became an internship provider for local programs that promote self-sufficiency for inner-city students ages 15–19. "My goal for all who work with us is to feel a sense of place and pride in building something with their own hands, and find a voice in a world that often tells them to be quiet" he says.

Vist our blog to take a tour of Richard's Brooklyn studio and to read more about his tech toys.

Handmade Made in the USA
Made from
electrical components, poplar wood, baltic birch plywood, aluminium, non toxic acrylic paint
Measurements
8.5" L x 4" W x 3" H
Item ID
45995

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within 1 day, arriving 2 business days after the order was placed.
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will ship the same day and arrive 1 business day later.


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