Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah played on the mbira

Mbira musician Patti Broussard treats her fans to a lovely rendition of Hallelujah on an Array mbira. Read the rest

Win a guitar from Loog

This post is a heartfelt “thank you” from Loog Guitars CEO Rafael Atijas. Loog is a company that we at Boing Boing are proud to have helped grow. We are thrilled to see them join us as a sponsor. To enter for a chance to win one of their guitars, email gadgets@boingboing.net by November 26, 2015.

Four years ago I had an idea: what if a children’s guitar wasn't just small but also had other features that made it fun and easy to learn how to play?

That’s how I came up with Loog Guitars: a line of 3-string kits that kids can build with their parents and, in that way, connect with their instrument at a deeper level. The 3 strings still let kids and beginners play chords and, therefore, any song. But, with fewer things to learn, it's easier to play and to make sense of what they are playing. Read the rest

Arpeggio, a new instrument for composing, saving, and performing melodies

Help kickstart Arpeggio. This 'new instrument' has friends in Chicago and Los Angeles going nuts. The Arpeggio reminds me of the fun I used to have with my Casio VL-1. Read the rest