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Making Your Own Kind of Music (Webcast)
Date: August 4, 2007
Running Time: 00:23:54

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When Ezra Daly couldn't find a good slap bass guitar for less than $1,000, he looked around for the materials to build his own—and the Frankenbass was born. It was created from a Moto Guzzi motorcycle gas tank, a chrome tailpipe, and scrap mahogany. Ezra will demonstrate the process of making instruments from recycled components and will play the Frankenbass. Nerdcore, hip-hop musician Doc Popular is a circuit-bender who will be performing with toy instruments he has hacked. Doc describes his approach as "anti-theory," in which he connects wires and sees what happens.

Ezra is a motorcycle luthier who created the Frankenbass on his bedroom floor to debut with a psychobilly band called Buddy's Riot. Doc Popular (aka Brian Roberts) is a video editor, marketing guru, and third-place world yo-yo champion in 2000.
MAKE at the Exploratorium is a collaboration between the Exploratorium and MAKE Magazine. Open MAKE is a program highlighting the tools, techniques, and ingenuity of local Makers.

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