Uncle Woody Sullender checks in with this preview of his May 12th special, which airs Noon to 3pm:
Artist Paul Rubenstein has been teaching a class called "Building Music" at Franklin K. Lane and Wingate High Schools in Brooklyn. Students learn to build their own guitars, from winding their own electric pickups to designing the guitar body to fretting the fingerboard (Paul has students utilizing a microtonal seven-tone equal temperament scale). After building the guitars, the class then creates original music with these instruments through amplifiers also of their own construction. The students bring a sense of improvisational fun that would be expected from a class armed with homemade amplified electric instruments.
Check out these MP3s to hear their music, vaguely reminiscent of early no wave:
Track 1 (Nick on square wave oscillator, Ayonde on guitar, Hector on electric saron, Rashid on claves, Vishal on guitar and Mr. R (Paul Rubenstein) on shaker)
Track 2 (Tyrone and Nick on the guitars they made, Ayonde on electric saron, Hector on claves, Angel on doumbek, Rashid on shaker and Mr. R (Paul Rubenstein) on tambourine)
More tracks, photos, and videos are available on their website. This Monday, May 12th, some of Paul's students from Franklin K. Lane and Wingate High Schools will be showing off their amazing instruments on my show, noon-3pm on WFMU.