DIY Ukrainian Synth Made from a Russian Headlight #MusicMonday
This amazing build is from maker Sherman Drozd. Here’s more from Drozd, via CDM:
But the most interesting find in Dmytrivka was a headlight from a bombed-out tank. It was crushed by the shock wave, but it still retained its domed shape. And it turned out that it is great as a case for a synthesizer. I built simple granular synths on Arduino: some simple oscillators and Glitch Storm. As a result, they produce wild 8-bit drone noise, which is a wonderful soundtrack for modern wars.
The only problem was painting the headlight. It was so badly burned that it was quite difficult to paint it well in different colors and cover it with varnish. However, after several attempts, I succeeded. I named this synthesizer “Psychedelic Soldier” after the myth that exists around the original title of the movie “Apocalypse Now”. In addition, the headlight with a red button on the side and a dent on top resembles the head of a war-torn soldier who sadly looks into the future with one of his eyes.
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