Cool Mom Picks visits BrandNewNoise!

Cool Mom Picks visits BrandNewNoise!

Richard Upchurch of Brand New Noise gives a demo of how he makes his awesome sound machines

Big thanks to Editor-in-Chief Liz Gumbinner and her awesome daughters for stopping by the shop this fall and for featuring us in the Cool Mom Picks blog! We had a blast. Check it out:


Magnesium Blue visits BrandNewNoise

Magnesium Blue visits BrandNewNoise

We were honored and delighted to have Kirsten Rickert of Magnesium Blue (@magnesium_blue) visit our wood shop in Red Hook last week with her adorable daughter, Elle. She wrote a super thoughtful feature on her blog about us, complete with photos and videos. If you want to get a taste of shop life here at BrandNewNoise, be sure to check it out:

Big thanks, Kirsten!!

Richard and Elle designing some BrandNewNoise

Exploring with the Kalimba

Many see our new Zoots (kalimba) and think, "what the heck is it?" Great question.

Kalimba or mbira is often referred to as a "thumb piano" and originated in Africa. For a nice brief history check out The insturment is played by holding it in your hands and plucking the tines downward with your thumbs. The base of the instrument is typically crafted of wood but can be made from gourds or other materials. Caleb Schepart in upstate New York is a great resource, and builds really well crafted, handmade kalimbas which you can find here.

There are some really stunning musicians using the kalimba and one of those is Kevin Spears. I was introduced to Kevin's music after showcasing the brandnewnoise's prototype of Zoots at Moogfest 2014. In this video you see Kevin using a electric kalimba in conjunction with a Boss looping station, Handsonic 10, and other effects. 

Zoots has the continuous looping playback switch, an internal microphone, and a pitch shifter. The sound is low-fi, a bit grainy, but wildly fun and a great tool for exploring sound. Of course it can be used in recording or live performance with the 1/8" output jack.