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Anyone else know what a Stylophone is?

#1 Post by Twiggy » Thu May 28, 2020 10:22 pm

So I ordered this a while ago, it's a Stylophone, a pocket size basic synthesizer which you play with a stylus, meaning you essentially complete a circuit which plays each "key".

I got it because I want to learn how to play some sort of instrument and this looks easy to learn and play, and now that I have it, I was right, I am having a much easier time with this, than the Ukulele, I am already playing basic stuff on this.

This was invented in 1968, so this is a more modern version but based off the original design.

given that it has a headphone out, I can use an interface to lower it to line level, so I can attach it to amps, pedals, mixers, computers, whatever I want to get interesting sounds out of it.

But for now I need to get better with playing it stock.

I am very much enjoying it.

I am now able to play "Happy Birthday" from memory, first day and already one song (however basic) learnt.

I'm gonna go learn how to play the riff from Rammstein's "Sonne" now.

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Re: Anyone else know what a Stylophone is?

#2 Post by ajkula66 » Thu May 28, 2020 10:57 pm

I've got to give it to you: over my 35+ years of being involved in musical instruments industry, I've never even heard of that little guy.

Thanks for sharing and have fun with it.
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Re: Anyone else know what a Stylophone is?

#3 Post by Twiggy » Thu May 28, 2020 11:24 pm

It's somewhat popular, many artists have used it from David Bowie, Kraftwerk, to Marilyn Manson and the list goes on. I didn't know it existed either until I accidentally discovered it a couple weeks ago, but ever since then I have had great fun learning about it, and am now having fun playing it.

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Re: Anyone else know what a Stylophone is?

#4 Post by ajkula66 » Thu May 28, 2020 11:34 pm

Twiggy wrote:
Thu May 28, 2020 11:24 pm
It's somewhat popular, many artists have used it from David Bowie, Kraftwerk, to Marilyn Manson and the list goes on. I didn't know it existed either until I accidentally discovered it a couple weeks ago, but ever since then I have had great fun learning about it, and am now having fun playing it.
Is there anything that Bowie didn't use over the span of his 50-year career? :D

Kraftwerk were never my cup of tea but I do acknowledge their importance. Marilyn Manson...not my thing at all.

You have fun with that thing... :thumbs-UP:
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