rarebeasts

Electronic experimental sound art synth instruments

Canberra, Australia · 194 Sales

rarebeasts

Electronic experimental sound art synth instruments

Canberra, Australia 194 Sales On Etsy since 2007

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Announcement   Brian McNamara is an experimental instrument builder and sound sculpture artist based in Bungendore, NSW, Australia.
Brian mixes his 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 Oct 9, 2017

Brian McNamara is an experimental instrument builder and sound sculpture artist based in Bungendore, NSW, Australia.
Brian mixes his 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.

Brian McNamara

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Brian McNamara

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russkulls

russkulls on Oct 1, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Awesome! Thanks for the cable and everything!

kristensutcliffe1

kristensutcliffe1 on Oct 27, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

Arrived so quickly. This was a present for my musician husband & he loves it.

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This soundart piece is from the exhibition of works made as part of my residency in Queenstown, Tasmania.
Make noise with light.
These little synths make an awesome gift.
It’s sale time! All of the instruments in my store are now 20% off.
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About

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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.

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Last updated on May 16, 2013
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.
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