If you really want to get authentic when producing music then you really have to take it all back to the piano roll. No, no the piano roll editor in your DAW, a real piano roll, made of paper, on a roll. Krankie will connect you to your creativity like never before as you hand crank your hole punched piano roll through a music box. Then sample it and mess with it in a post-music, retro-future paradigm.
It’s another box of genius from bearded musical device builder Richard Upchurch of Brand New Noise. The Krankie consists of an old-school music box mounted onto a wooden case. The music box can play hand-punched piano rolls. It comes with “Happy Birthday” ready to go and 6 blank ones for your own compositions. Take the included hole punch and get creative. Feed it through the music box and crank the handle at whatever tempo pleases you.
But that’s not all. Inside the box is a recorder, a little sampling machine, that will record up to 30 seconds via a microphone built into the box. A nice big fat knob lets you mess with the speed and pitch of the recording to create some serious weirdness.
It looks both amazing and completely nuts. Sadly there’s no video of it in action as yet but it’s got to be the perfect gift for the hipster musician in your life.
The Krankie is $120 plus shipping and more information can be found on the website.