TOP 5 STYLOPHONE SONGS - HEAR THEM AND GET INSPIRED!
Yes, the stylophone is back, and here's our Top 5 cool, classic songs that have used this instrument...and no Rolf Harris in sight! So get inspired and get yourself one as well!
1) "Space Oddity", David Bowie
Though "Space Oddity", David Bowie's first hit, only features one note and a glissando from the stylophone, it was enough to put this fantastic little machine on the minds of many music-loving fans...in many cases, the stylophone is used this way: not as a lead instrument, but just to add a little, subtle flavour to a recording.
2) Kraftwerk, "Pocket Calculator"
Here, in Kraftwerk's timeless classic, the use of the stylophone is more evident, as it's one of the main instruments on this track. and at least one of the band's members can be seen onstage playing one. A "stylophone solo" ends the song!
3) The White Stripes, "Icky Thump"
The Detroit's duo comeback single, first from their latest album "Icky Thump", surprised many fans of the band, for featuring a highly dissonant and downright insane stylophone solo! Jack White is also credited as playing stylophone in the new Raconteurs album, "Consolers Of The Lonely"
4) Manic Street Preachers "So Why So Sad"
The Welsh rockers first single off their acclaimed "Know Your Enemy" album (2001) not only featured a great debt to The Beach Boys but, even more surprisingly, also featured a stylophone solo! Cool stuff...
5) Pulp, "Pink Glove"
Jarvis Cocker's saucy former band (err... sometimes current?) and Sheffield's finest - Pulp - were advocates of the stylophone since their early days, before they became a chart-topping act. They used the stylophone in several of their songs in brilliant albums such as "His'N'Hers" and "A Different Class", and even named an early song, "Styloroc (Nites Of Suburbia)", after the musical instrument.
As you can see, this little - and cheap - musical instrument is very versatile indeed, besides being great fun to play with! From children to professional musicians, anyone can enjoy the stylophone! If you got inspired, you can also play it online here.
MONOTRON - THE NEW STYLOPHONE?
The stylophone is still a well-loved and popular entry level instrument, but, in recent years, the Korg Monotron has stolen some of its thunder, as the affordable, quirky musical instrument. It's a analog ribbon synthesizer which you play with your fingertips, but, unlike the stylophone, it has more features and is also available in other versions: Monotron Duo and Monotron Delay. It is also much smaller than a stylophone.
Casual users and gadget mavens will quickly enjoy performing melodies, DJs can create dazzling effects on stage, while established players can add analog muscle to their performance - the possibilities are virtually unlimited. Grab yourself a Monotron, Monotron Duo, Monotron Delay, or Monotribe and get in touch with the exciting world of analog synths. Korg Monotron Delay Specifications Synthesizer structure:…
Casual users and gadget mavens will quickly enjoy performing melodies, DJs can create dazzling effects on stage, while established players can add analog muscle to their performance – the possibilities are virtually unlimited. Grab yourself a Monotron, Monotron Duo, Monotron Delay, or Monotribe and get in touch with the exciting world of analog synths. Korg Monotron Duo Specifications Synthesizer…
The Monotron is one of the most versatile and fun analogue synths on the market - not only is it a conveniently portable and powerful tool in the armoury of any gigging musician, it's a perfect gift for the hobbyist or music fan, given that it builds on the the simple, easy-to-play touch mechanism of the massively popular KAOSS range.
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