Music is a melodic, entrancing, and entirely alien language that artists explore, expressing anything from their most base emotions to complicated feelings about our human experience. Contemporary music is usually filtered through a lens of preconceived input methods; keyboards, guitars, drum kits, and vocal cords. However, approaching music creation like a child might approach play encourages experimental and innovative compositions – and that’s where we meet the Drawdio.
This pretty pink pencil packs a phenomenal punch on paper, transforming artists into electronic pied pipers who use the natural conductivity of graphite to connect new pitches and timbres. Initially designed by Jay Silver, the sonic wizardry of this design is even easier to access with Los Aparatos‘ clean and pre-assembled construction. Not only do you receive a fully-assembled, well-designed iteration of the Drawdio – but this version even includes a direct audio output for super clean recordings!
There is a lot of documentation about the Drawdio online. Artists can learn a lot from the Drawdio website, where there are many tips and tricks to uncover, and Los Aparatos even provides a complete video guide in Spanish. If you want an example of how this device sounds, Los Aparatos can help out with this quick demo video!
Los Aparatos is an independent electronics engineer, teacher, and musician. Entranced by Arduino since 2008, this experienced maker is making their Tindie debut with this product – but I get the feeling they’ve got even more exciting ideas up their sleeve!