Handmade USB-powered felt-covered calculator synth

It's like the whole 2007 zeitgeist rolled into one. Last month, Kelli Cain and Brian Crabtree, who are part of the collective who created the awesome and now-sold-out Monome, ran a four week workshop in LA called 'Felt Circuits'. They started by making vegetable dyes, then used them to dye wool which was then hand-rubbed into felt. Then they designed, etched and populated noise-making circuit boards which were then put into the felt creatures. Lots of Flickr pics of the process here. Kelli writes: "Here's the creature I made during the class to show each step... a roughly 8"x 6" calculator. it plugs into the usb port [for power] and makes a bunch of noise when you touch the metal contacts sewn on the bottom." There are not immediate plans for more Felt+Circuits workshops, although a NYC run could be possible.

It almost looks like a felt MPC! I always wanted a pillow that doubles as a sampler...
...then Timbaland could actually write tunes with his eyes shut.
i have the pleasure of knowing kelli and brian. not only are they a heavenly mix of intelect and creativity; they are wonderfully sweet and caring people. keep them in your radar bleeps, or kick yourself for sleeping.
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