The Stylophone in action

October 10, 2008 · Posted in Electronic Music 

The Stylophone appears on a few commercial recordings, most notably David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” and “Slip Away” and the commercial rave single “Stylophonia” by Two Little Boys in 1991. Kraftwerk used the Stylophone on the track “Pocket Calculator” from their album Computer World.

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gR34vQDSoNA]

The Dubreq Stylophone is a miniature stylus operated synthesizer invented in 1967 by Brian Jarvis. It consists of a metal keyboard played by touching it with a stylus – each note being connected to a cheap voltage-controlled oscillator via a different-value resistor – thus closing a circuit. Some three million Stylophones were sold, mostly as children’s toys. Rolf Harris appeared for several years as the Stylophone’s advertising spokesman in the United Kingdom.

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZt64_XOflk]

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Comments

4 Responses to “The Stylophone in action”

  1. askani on January 30th, 2009 12:05 pm

    Hi all, I have see the New Stylophone Beatbox,

    check it out~

    http://100milligrams.com/play-wit-it-c-29.html

    Cheers~

  2. Stylomeastro on January 30th, 2009 12:13 pm

    Debreq have realeased the 2009 Beatbox Stylophone. Check it out at the following site:

    http://100milligrams.com/stylophone-beatbox-p-173.html

    There is even a video… Rockin! Cant wait!

  3. raymond on September 30th, 2009 10:12 am

    The Stylophone Beatbox is finally out!! I just got mine at 100milligrams.com! COOL!!

  4. steelberryclones on September 30th, 2009 12:18 pm

    It would be great if you could publish a review here on it, tell me when you have something cooking

    Cheers Ola

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