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Fake Keyboard 2011 Collection by hyronomous Fake Keyboard 2011 Collection by hyronomous
Alex Warble FAKE KEYBOARDS 2010-2011
Recycled Synesthetic Music/Color Sculpture-
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I have made over 100 of these keyboards in my lifetime. I really enjoy making keyboards and new hybrid musical instruments out of wood and other recycled materials I find outside in the urban landscape of Memphis Tennessee. By utilizing color theory, and painting the keyboards unlikely colors due to the name of the keyboard, I feel I achieve something that infers a sort of music as one views the keyboards. particularly for musicians who play with lots of synthesizers -
I am always drawn to the keyboards at yard sales, flea mrkts., and Thrift shops that are cheap and brightly colored. This one I got is so out of tune and it is green - i started thinking how would a lavender keyboard sound if it only had one setting?

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These keyboards are made from recycled materials found on the streets of Memphis Tennessee, I feel these materials imbue the art objects / instruments with special qualities that makes them Memphis folk art .

check out a song that goes along with this (free download)
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Eggnogg-Artt Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That's so cool. I love what you say about each keyboard having a colour and - potentially - a sound to match. Makes me think how awesome it would be if there were a bunch of working collectible synthesisers and keyboards, each with a unique sound. Would make a pretty neat happy-meal toy, at least :D
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hyronomous Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012   General Artist
or an iphone app :)
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ayfere Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011
those are sooo cute! :)
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windowfog Featured By Owner May 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
So weird, but so cool.
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DeadNettlez Featured By Owner May 12, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Are you staying dry my friend? I hear the rivers are quite high!
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hyronomous Featured By Owner May 16, 2011   General Artist
hope you stay dry down there !
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DeadNettlez Featured By Owner May 19, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
bubble bublle bulbllhbble
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hyronomous Featured By Owner May 12, 2011   General Artist
yes indeed, i am in midtown, thankfully my place didn't flood.
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laresistance Featured By Owner May 9, 2011
taha ! ow man, these are still so awesome !! can't get enough of them. you should do a show only with fake instruments
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hyronomous Featured By Owner May 16, 2011   General Artist
i did it , last night, everyone walked out of the bar , but now i can say I did it :D
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laresistance Featured By Owner May 16, 2011
haha oh man :D, well, be sure to not stop doing them. maybe you should do it again in another city and present it as "alex warble's famous fake instrument show". Like how they presented something in the good old days, exaggerated. Like those freak show attractions that are always amazing or the most intense thing you've ever seen. and then when you pay for the thing and enter, it's not as cool as you thought it would be, but it's still very fun. But I think in your case it IS very fun and absolutely worth it.

I also think if you keep doing something long enough, you get praised for it. and it doesn't even matter what or how good it is. look at crappy B-movie actors. A lot of them become cult heroes. the difference is that your stuff is good, just more people need to know about it

maybe you should send some of those keyboards to famous people or get famous people to use it in a videoclip or something..dunno..something like that.
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hyronomous Featured By Owner May 18, 2011   General Artist
thanks!
I gave these things away to a lot of musicians I've played with.
Noone too famous though. I just want to eat and continue in this manner. All is well here at the "alex warble famous fake instrument show" :D
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laresistance Featured By Owner May 19, 2011
great ! yeah, you're right, not the people who don't deserve it.
you should send one to David Lynch :D, he makes music now.
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hyronomous Featured By Owner May 19, 2011   General Artist
:D I was listening to some of his music the other morning. very nice - and I loved a coffee commercial I saw , though it wasnt actually him. someone emulating him I think
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laresistance Featured By Owner May 20, 2011
yeah, I dig it too. some of it really is stuck in my mind. ah yeah, there's this coffee movie done with Lynch techniques, I saw it too and it's well done. but there is a recent brilliant out of this world-coffee commercial David did make for his own brand, with a barbie doll head. not sure if you saw that one already, but if not you should check it out. it's so silly and simple, and yet I think that is why it so appeals to me. and it works, I really really want some of that David Lynch coffee.

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cygaj Featured By Owner May 9, 2011
Awesome! My friend is trying to learn how to play a piano using a cardboard keyboard, but it's not that fancy I think. : D
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kookamunga Featured By Owner May 9, 2011  Student Digital Artist
These are so cool! Love the colours and concept
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hyronomous Featured By Owner May 9, 2011   General Artist
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hyronomous Featured By Owner May 9, 2011   General Artist
Thanks a million
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