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We will be out of town and the Experimental Musical Instruments office will be closed from December 12 through Christmas. We will not be filling orders during that time. You can still place orders through our website during that time, and we'll fill them as soon as we reopen after Christmas. (In the meantime, between now and December 12, we are filling orders as usual.) Your patience is very much appreciated!
Books & CDs
Book by Bart Hopkin and Yuri Landman.
This is a book of book modifications, preparations and extensions you can use with acoustic and electric guitars. The focus is not on electronic effects; it’s on things you can do physically to alter the ways the strings vibrate or the soundboard projects. Whatever type or style of guitar you play – acoustic or electric; classical, jazz, rock, avant-garde or other – this book will show you new and unexpected ways to play it. In addition, audio examples illustrating the resulting sounds can be found for free online.
Book by Bart Hopkin, with an introduction by Jon Scoville.
A key resource for anyone interested in musical instrument making. It provides an overview of acoustic instrument design principles for acoustic instruments of all sorts loads of practical, hands-on information, generously illustrated. The tone is accessible and friendly without sacrificing seriousness of purpose. This is the only book of its kind: there are other books that offer plans for making specific instruments, but no others that provide a systematic exposition of underlying design principles as this one does.
Pickups and Microphones for your Musical Instrument
Book by Bart Hopkin with Robert Cain and Jason Lollar
This book tells you how to take the sound of a musical instrument and convert it to an electrical signal for amplification. Whether your instrument is something as familiar as an acoustic guitar or something as exotic as a recycled-junk-o-phone, you can learn here about the best options for adding a pickup or an onboard microphone to it. It includes complete how-to on pickup making, and much more.
Book with audio CD, by Bart Hopkin and Carl Dean with Christopher Banta
How to make bar percussion instruments of all sort, including marimbas and related instruments with sounding bars of wood, metal, bamboo, and other materials.
67 Easy Projects for Adults Working with Children
Book with audio CD by Bart Hopkin
This book, with its accompanying audio CD, is a treasure trove of musical instrument ideas simple enough for children to make. It’s written primarily for adults who work with children, including teachers, parents, and others involved in the lives of young people.
Book and audio CD by Phil Dadson and Bart Hopkin
The category of musical instruments known as plosive aerophones includes the end-struck tubes sometimes called slap tubes, as well as many other instrument types. These instruments can be simple to make, yet they are fully musical and they sound great. This book tells you everything you need to know to make them, with ready-to-build designs as well as the information you need to design your own.
Book and audio CD by Bart Hopkin with Ray Brunelle and Vincent Nicastro
This book, with its accompanying audio CD, is about comical sounds and how to make them. Squishy sounds and gloopy sounds, farting sounds and belching sounds, laughing sounds and crying sounds, crazy-bad musical instrument sounds, Martians conversing, morticians giggling, etc., etc.
By Bart Hopkin
A booklet containing theory and how-to on these aspects of wind instrument design, starting with a not-too-demanding generalist’s approach and working its way through to a more exacting mathematical approach.
A big 24″w x 36″h wall poster of reference information for makers and lovers of musical instruments. It includes charts showing frequency, pitch & wavelength relationships, just and tempered scales, the Sachs-Hornbostel musical instrument classification system, and much more.
Sorry, this item is sold out and we don’t have much hope of having more copies for sale in the foreseeable future.
Book by Bart Hopkin with an introduction by Tom Waits, with audio CD containing recordings by 19 featured artists.
For several years this collection has been unavailable except for used copies at high prices from resellers. Just recently the publisher located a couple of boxes that had been overlooked in a corner someplace. He sent them our way and we’re making them available to you.
This collection takes the form of a 96-page, CD-sized hardbound book with audio CD bound in, featuring informative text, wonderful photographs, and great music of 19 of the most creative instrument makers from around the world.
70 Issues, 1985-1999, on two CDs
All 70 issues of the late, great Experimental Musical Instruments journal, 1985-1999, on two CD-ROMs in Adobe .pdf format, at under a fifth of the price of the printed version. The content is complete and identical to the original print versions. Fourteen years’ worth of great stuff! It’s a real treasure chest.
To keep our production costs and your purchase cost for these CDs manageable, we didn’t give them all of the functionalities that many other CD-ROMs have. You can get the specifics and see sample pages by clicking “More Details” below. In addition, you can search the contents of the back issues here.
Just a few of the issues from the Experimental Musical Instruments quarterly journal’s 14-year run remain available in the form of photocopied, paper-bound volumes. Each volume contains all of the issues that appeared over a period of a year (either four or six issues each). The content of the photocopied volumes is identical to the originals.
The following volumes are available: 10, 11, 14. (The other volumes are sold out and will not be reprinted.)
You can order any of the available volumes at $14 apiece. Use the selection box below to choose volumes. To order several different volumes, select a volume, add to cart, and repeat for additional volumes.
Early Years is the first of a pair of CDs containing selections from the Experimental Musical Instruments annual audio cassette series that ran from 1985 – 1999. (The otherCD, called Later Years, is described below.) The Early Years CD covers the seven years from 1985-1992. The original cassettes from those years are now sold out. This CD brings them back to life by making 19 of the tracks available again, recapturing the wonderful vitality and variety of those early releases. The liner notes are a sixteen-page booklet containing the original notes for each track followed by short updates on the artists and their work
You can purchase either Early Years or Later Years for $14, or both for $24.
Later Years is the second of the pair of CDs containing selections from the Experimental Musical Instruments annual audio cassette series that ran from 1985 – 1999. (The first, called Early Years is described above.) Later Years covers the years from 1993-1999, featuring 17 different instrument makers in all their diversity, inventiveness and originality. The liner notes are a sixteen-page booklet containing the original notes for each track followed by short updates on most of the artists and their work.
You can purchase either Early Years or Later Years for $14, or both for $24.
In this audio CD, Bart Hopkin (the founder and still the main guy at Experimental Musical Instruments) plays his own instruments. Great music played on a wildly diverse collection of instruments. Includes 16-page booklet with information on the instruments.