20180728_085743 A word from the Machine Learning hackathon sponsors
20190127_152103 Connect Four on a brewery patio
20190127_145056 Instructions for making an instrument out of a plastic bottle
20190127_144731 Playing the bottle-and-membrane instrument
20190127_144348 Build your own instrument: roll up a paper tube
R participates in a build-your-own-instrument workshop at the KMFA (local classical music station) birthday party. The party took place at the Springdale Station, which is an event venue in East Austin. There were free cupcakes, beer, and, of course, classical music performances.
Springdale Station has two breweries right nearby with nice patios and food trucks on the premises, so even after the party was over, one could hang around in the area and taste locally brewed beer and cider.
The instrument workshop at KMFA taught children how to build an "instrument" out of a plastic bottle, nitrile glove, straws, rubberbands, and paper. When you blow into it through a straw, the resulting instrument makes a sound that I would politely compare to that of a kazoo, but it really could be more accurately described as a sound you shouldn't make in a nice company. And if you cut several holes in the paper tube, you can, by selectively covering them with your fingers, produce sounds of different pitch. So you could even play a little tune entirely out of sounds unacceptable in a polite company.
At this point, R has gone through steps 1-6 of building your own instrument: stretch a nitrile glove with fingers cut off over the wide end of a plastic bottle (with its bottom cut off), fasten it with a rubber band; roll up a paper tube.