Ken Butler’s Hybrid Instruments

Originally posted on Make::

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Brooklyn-based artist Ken Butler has been creating his imaginative instruments since 1978. Discarded, found objects become re-imagined through Ken’s vision: an ax becomes a 3/4 size violin, half a skateboard found in the street lives on as a guitar, an alligator skull sings as a two-string violin, old snowshoes make new tracks as a cello.

Want to see these creations in person? Ken will be bringing an array of his instruments to Maker Faire New York, taking place September 21 and 22 at the New York Hall of Science in Queens.

In his own words:

Created primarily from urban detritus, the hybrid instruments express a poetic spirit of re-invention and hyper-utility as hidden meanings and associations momentarily create a striking and re-animated cultural identity for common objects. String instruments become body, tool, weapon, toy, symbol, machine, phallus, creature, sculpture, icon, and voice. Pianos and keyboards become cybernetic and symbolic…

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