Gorgeous electro-acoustic instruments mix sculpture and noise

Forget analog pedals or digital boxes – 10cars have made a series of electro-acoustic inventions covered in wires and springs. And they sound wild and strange.

“10cars” is a Berlin-based multimedia artist. He presented these works at the mighty trade show Superbooth, but these pieces are something else – part sculpture, part experimental noise instrument. And they’re one of the more compelling inventions to appear this month.

The lovingly handcrafted pieces meld collage with wires and springs and metal grates, as if someone were making a mouse trap and got distracted and crossed it with a kalimba and a spring reverb. These pieces are dubbed “autumn soundboxes” and range in price from 120 to 360 euros – yes, you can have your own.

10cars is part of the Liquid Sky collective (which now spans Berlin and other bits of Europe, ringleader Ingmar Koch having fled to Portugal). Liquid Sky have made some sound demos to give you a sense of what these are about.

Really lovely stuff.

You get plinks and plonks, otherworldly hums like lost Communist-era student sci film soundtracks or possibly what college radio sounds like on the planet Venus. There’s humming and creepy metallic bits and spacey madness. Well, listen:

Unrelated to anything, but I love that SoundCloud suggested this track when I was playing the sound demos.

More information (for real), plus an email address through which you can order:


lovely experimental noisemachines: 10cars “autumn soundboxes” – available 3rd week may 2019
[liquid sky]

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ModeAudio launches Mini Pack series with Analog Pads, Driven Guitar, Ambient & Noise Textures

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ModeAudio has launched a new sound series titled Mini Packs, offering superconcentrated, ultra high-quality doses of a particular sound type or instrument for a bargain price. The first four packs in the series are available now: Analog Pad Loops — 50 deliciously woozy, royalty-free synth loops dripping with the thick creaminess and warmth of classic […]

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Harsh Noise sample pack by Glitchedtones brings analog feedback loop manipulations

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Glitchedtones has released a new sample pack titled Harsh Noise, a collection of analog feedback loop manipulations where traditional audio equipment is pushed to extremes and sent spiralling out of control. Featuring glitched-out signal malfunctions, huge walls of noise and piercing high-frequency tones, these sounds will really set the mood for any abstract scenes, unsettling […]

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Spring Sale: Get McDSP FutzBox distortion & noise generator for $79 USD

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Plugin Boutique is offering a discount on the McDSP FutzBox distortion and noise generator plugin for creating low fidelity versions of audio signals. Typical post productions require distorted, or ‘futzed’ versions of dialog and other tracks. Simulations of radios, cell phones, and televisions are now available in a single software product. These simulations, called SIMs […]

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Save up to 32% off Denise’s Noize 2 adaptive noise generation plugin & bundle

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Plugin Boutique has launched a sale on the Noize 2 adaptive noise generation plugin that takes noise generation to the next level. Noise is a secret weapon used by many professional producers to enhance and flavour their tracks: for example by making digital samples and synths sound more natural, adding grit and power to bass-synths, […]

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Flintpope releases free Amp Hum & Tape Noise plugins (VST/AU)

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Flintpope has released two new free VST/AU plugins designed to deliver lofi noise-making and live-vibe grit to your tracks. AMP injects some nasty hum into your track. Make it loud or quiet, pan it, pitch-shift it (record changes with the pitch-bend on your midi keyboard) filter it (cut) or just kill it! Just hit any […]

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Ohne Filter wird Madlab mit dem X-förmigen Synthesizer die Welt umformen?

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Wenn dir demnächst jemand ein X zeigt ohne etwas zu sagen, so ist es wohl dieses Teil. Es ist und will anders sein, denn es gibt keine Filter oder Hüllkurven sondern pure Oszillatoren mit Frequenzmodulation und Ringmodulation.

Er kann sogar per MIDI gesteuert werden, allerdings benötigt er dafür noch einen Zusatzkauf. Ansonsten ist dieser Noise-Synth dafür da Krach zu machen und zwar dauerhaft. Was soll der Quatsch mit den Pausen zwischen den Tönen, wenn man mittels der vier Oszillatoren und der zwischen ihnen existierenden Modulationsmöglichkeiten mit FM und Ringmodulation so viel zu entdecken ist? Wer will da denn ernsthaft aufhören zu hören? Richtig, niemand! Deshalb!

Aus was besteht das X?

Es gibt ein Delay mit Feedback und einen Flanger als Effekte an Bord, außerdem sind zum animieren der vier Digital-Oszillatoren zwei LFOs vorgesehen, die jedoch für die Tonhöhe und Lautstärken gedacht sind. Die Standard-Wellenformen werden durch „Noise“ ergänzt, sodass die Oszillatoren selbst auch rauschen können und damit dürfte das Rauschen auch leicht in die Ringmodulation und FM einbezogen werden können. Neben den genannten Möglichkeiten sind noch Verzerrung und Reverb möglich. Die Oszillatoren beherrschen auch Pulsbreitenmodulation.

Gibt es mir algorithmisch!

Wer mag, kann das Gerät an den Rechner stecken und mit der Kommendozeile programmieren und steuern.

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Devious Machines updates Texture plugin with custom sample import + 40% OFF Sale

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Save $20 on Waves NS1 Noise Suppressor and clean up noisy audio in videos

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