la Guitare à crayon

As with most electronic musical instruments, we saw this in the tip box and expected the usual random noises to show off the instruments range. Consider us pleasantly surprised. They cut strait to it and showed us what la Guitare à crayon really is. It is an instrument of both audio and visual art. You draw while you play.  The guitar appears to have a wacom attached to the front where you would normally strum. different areas of the wacom seem to effect the music much like a string being plucked. In one of the videos we see some fret board action as well. Watching the screen, we can see that she is drawing a picture, and we are in fact hearing that picture being drawn. The site has a section for source code, but states that it will only posted if there are requests. We are officially requesting it, we want one. May we suggest some improvements? Get some color variation, possibly opacity too. Gimp can do it with the wacom. We can’t wait to see how this project matures. How about another video? Watch it after the break.


  1. strider_mt2k says:

    there is magic here, let there be no doubt.


  2.……you can be a friend

  3. kburn says:

    I just love it!
    and i want the source code!!!!!!!!!!

  4. bueno says:

    this thing is pretty nice… keep it up.

    “…and expected some circuit bending. Consider us pleasantly surprised.”
    —does HaD dislike the circuit bending stuff?

  5. Caleb Kraft says:

    @bueno, I should clarify in the article. We love circuit bending. Get sick of random noises.

  6. sunjester says:

    hear a picture being drawn? lol i didn’t see that. whatever makes them happy i guess. I would love to see more drawings and less pausing.

  7. heegemcgee says:

    Reminds me of the guitar used by Matt Belamy of Muse. He’s got a custom Manson guitar with a Korg Kaoss touchpad on the body. He uses it to get crazy.

  8. darkore says:

    There a lot of wonderful, mind blowing hacks out there, and even truly “artistic” ones. However, this one appears to be simply dumb. I know, I know, everything can be classified as “art” nowadays, but this is simply random noise, both visually and acoustically.

  9. blarg says:

    ^ troll post

  10. Alpha says:

    I’m reposting the following because it’s soo true.—

    “We love circuit bending. Get sick of random noises.”
    Posted at 6:57 am on Jul 15th, 2009 by Caleb Kraft

  11. grovenstien says:

    check out OSCulator for wacom tablet midi control joy and you too can acheive somthing similar.

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  13. srilyk says:

    That gets oddly creepy near the end.

    /me <3 wacom, guitars, computers, and music

    This appeals to most all of my geek.

  14. -hero says:

    man if only i did drugs im sure i could be entertained by this


  15. Ubel says:

    This doesn’t seem like it would be terribly difficult to achieve; At it’s most basic form, it appears to be a combination of a drawing program, and something along the lines of a kaossilator-type instrument. Although, major props for creativity, and I would like to see how she integrated the fretboard into this, as it does appear to have some affect on the sound.

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