Profile image
Story Views

Last Hour:
Last 24 Hours:

Japanese Artist Turns Old TV Sets into Cool Percussion Instruments

Thursday, November 24, 2016 13:35
% of readers think this story is Fact. Add your two cents.

Original article on – a blog on oddities and wacky news

Japanese artist Ei Wada discovered that old cathode ray tube television sets make great percussion instruments by mistake, but he managed to turn this accidental discovery into an art. Today, his unique Braun Tube Jazz Band is famous all over the world.

Wada first became interested in percussion music at age four, after attending a Gamelan music performance in Indonesia. He was impressed by the sound of the percussion instruments, recalling that he felt “taken to another world”. This memory stuck with him, and a few years later, while tinkering with some old cassette tapes, he realized that the off-key sounds they produced were very similar to the Gamelan music that had made such a big impression on him. Since then, he has been focusing on producing otherworldly sounds with obsolete gadgets that people usually throw away.


While attending university, Wada met three other guys who shared his passion for unconventional musical instruments, and together they founded Open Reel Ensemble – a band that specializes in making music with vintage gadgets. They started programming sounds on old tape recorders through trial and error, and even though their musical performances were well received by critics, Wada knew that they would one day run out of obsolete tape for their old recorders. So the band started experimenting with other old tech. And that’s how the Japanese musician discovered his most successful instrument – the old TV set.

Wada says it happened completely by mistake. After plugging a sound cable into a composite video connector port and seeing the sound on the screen as an image, he started pairing multiple TV’s with PC-controlled video decks at different pitches, thus turning them into percussion instruments. Then, he connected guitar amps to his feet and started touching the TV screens to produce buzzing noise. Today, he can make the old cathode ray tube television sets sound like electric drums.

Read More


BIN NOTE: If by now you haven’t figured out that Facebook and Google are in cahoots with the corrupt government, then I feel for you, but for those who are well aware of the issues it’s high time you switched over to It is a website that is similar to Facebook but without all the censorship.


We encourage you to Share our Reports, Analyses, Breaking News and Videos. Simply Click your Favorite Social Media Button and Share.

Report abuse


Your Comments
Question   Razz  Sad   Evil  Exclaim  Smile  Redface  Biggrin  Surprised  Eek   Confused   Cool  LOL   Mad   Twisted  Rolleyes   Wink  Idea  Arrow  Neutral  Cry   Mr. Green

Top Stories
Recent Stories



Top Global

Top Alternative



Email this story
Email this story

If you really want to ban this commenter, please write down the reason:

If you really want to disable all recommended stories, click on OK button. After that, you will be redirect to your options page.