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_144507 Putting paper tube into the bottle's narrow end
R tries to insert a rolled-up paper tube into the bottle's neck under the guidance of a volunteer. The tube, however, needs to be rolled up tighter: eventually, the volunteer had to help him with that. This is the continuation of Step 6 of the instructions.
Steps 1-6 of building your own instrument required you to 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, and roll up a paper tube.
Children's build-your-own-instrument workshop was part of 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 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.