rarebeasts

Experimental synth, sound art, sonic circuit bending

Canberra, Australia On Etsy since 2007

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rarebeasts

Experimental synth, sound art, sonic circuit bending

Canberra, Australia | 241 Sales

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I am an experimental instrument builder and sound sculpture artist based in Bungendore, NSW, Australia.
I mix my passions for music, electronics and sculpture into unique objects that should need no explanation to play or experience but convey a deeper meaning in the context of their surroundings.

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Last updated on Apr 26, 2020

** Covid-19 update ** I'm still selling items but I have shifted all postage to have tracking automatically. Items shipping internationally may take significantly longer then normal to arrive.

I am an experimental instrument builder and sound sculpture artist based in Bungendore, NSW, Australia.
I mix my passions for music, electronics and sculpture into unique objects that should need no explanation to play or experience but convey a deeper meaning in the context of their surroundings.

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About rarebeasts

Sales 241
On Etsy since 2007

This is the synth you are looking for.

Apart from creating and selling things on Etsy I also contribute articles to a magazine called Make, often writing how-to articles about products from my Etsy store. Because I work from home it allows me time to look after my two kids (we get to make lots of cool projects) and I also play in a band called CupAndBow that makes music using the instruments that I create and build.

I've always liked music and electronics so I find my inspiration from marrying those two interests. I find that many mass produced electronic instruments are too complicated with menu systems forcing you to reach for the instructions every time you want to play, so I wanted to design simple instruments that do one simple task, that anyone could pickup and start playing.

I find inspiration from many places but I do have to give credit to those old electronics kits you could buy, that taught you the basics of electronics. Credit also goes to great sites like makezine.com and instructables.com that have an amazing community of creative people contributing to them.

I've been tinkering and pulling things apart since I was very little but I've only really been designing original instruments since I made a piece for my daughter's 1st birthday called the R-Tronic, it was a simple step sequencer that uses shapes to put sounds into a sequence that makes up a little song.

Sometimes a new design will come from a need to make a certain sound or find a new way to play an instrument, for example my Wicks Looper allows you puts sounds into a loop using a rotary control rather then a sequence of button presses. But sometimes its just a matter of playing around with new circuits and finding that crazy sound completely by accident.

I hope in the future I'll still be making new instrument designs and I hope to expand my production of electronics kits that will teach a new generation about how to make their own products and have fun making music with electronics at the same time.

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    Sound sculpture and installation artist, focused on autonomous soundart devices and instruments that are played with unusual kinetic movements.

Shop policies

Last updated on August 18, 2018
Welcome Rarebeasts, our philosophy is to make quality, reliable products that work as described for years and years. So please send us email or convo with any questions about our products.
We are here to help, and no question is too crazy, so test us out.

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Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Returns and exchange details
If you are not happy with your item please contact us within 14 days for a refund. The item must be returned in original condition, and the refund will be minus shipping and handling charges.
Sorry no refunds on custom orders.

Please contact us with any problems you have with an order, we are here to help out in any way we can.
Payment
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Shipping
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All items are shipped within 2 business days by Australia post. Unfortunately tracking is not standard with Australia Post but I have included an option in shipping to add tracking.

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Sadly I cannot accept responsibility for any customs charges on international shipping. Please research your country's customs laws before purchasing an item.
Additional policies and FAQs
Custom orders are most welcome, please contact me with your requirements.