Handmade Acoustic Laptops Make Non-Digital Music
While digital laptops are way of connecting to others through the Internet, acoustic laptops become a way of reconnecting to one's self, the physical presence of the here and now.
Norwegian sound artist Tore Honoré Boe creates what he calls ‘acoustic laptops’, wooden boxes with attached contact microphones to amplify collections of small sound-making objects inside to be played by hand. Boe runs workshops teaching others how to make their own music boxes, which often take on deep, personal meaning. As Boe explains:
In varying degrees — depending on the tastes of the single acoustic laptop maker, the acoustic laptop can also become a ritualized object. Several people have added items of sentimental value (I have used the teeth of my children, a stone from Auschwitz, my own hair), or have put a lot of effort into the visual identity of their acoustic laptop. Some have even used boxes of significance.