Originally published on dolphinmusic.co.uk Fri June 13, 2008
Yes, the stylophone is back, and here's our Top 5 cool, classic songs that have used this instrument...So get inspired and get yourself one as well!
1) "Space Oddity", David Bowie
Though "Space Oddity", David Bowie's first hit, only features one note and a glissando from the stylophone, it was enough to put this fantastic little machine on the minds of many music-loving fans...in many cases, the stylophone is used this way: not as a lead instrument, but just to add a little, subtle flavour to a recording.
2) Kraftwerk, "Pocket Calculator"
Here, in Kraftwerk's timeless classic, the use of the stylophone is more evident, as it's one of the main instruments on this track. and at least one of the band's members can be seen onstage playing one. A "stylophone solo" ends the song!
3) The White Stripes, "Icky Thump"
The Detroit's duo comeback single, first from their latest album "Icky Thump", surprised many fans of the band, for featuring a highly dissonant and downright insane stylophone solo! Jack White is also credited as playing stylophone in the new Raconteurs album, "Consolers Of The Lonely"
4) Manic Street Preachers "So Why So Sad"
The Welsh rockers first single off their acclaimed "Know Your Enemy" album (2001) not only featured a great debt to The Beach Boys but, even more surprisingly, also featured a stylophone solo! Cool stuff...
5) Pulp, "Pink Glove"
Jarvis Cocker's saucy former band (err... sometimes current?) and Sheffield's finest - Pulp - were advocates of the stylophone since their early days, before they became a chart-topping act. They used the stylophone in several of their songs in brilliant albums such as "His'N'Hers" and "A Different Class", and even named an early song, "Styloroc (Nites Of Suburbia)", after the musical instrument.
As you can see, this little - and cheap - musical instrument is very versatile indeed, besides being great fun to play with! From children to professional musicians, anyone can enjoy the stylophone!
Monotron - The New Stylophone?
Korg Monotron Delay Analogue Synthesizer
The Korg Monotron Delay Analogue Synthesizer is a palm sized analogue synthesizer that provides hours of entertainment for musicians. Believe us when we say this is by no means a toy, but a powerful synth packed full of vintage tones. The cool thing about this unit is the inclusion of a delay effect, allowing you to create some out of this world tones!
Take a listen:
Korg Monotron Duo Analogue Ribbon Synthesizer
The Korg Monotron Duo Analogue Ribbon Synthesizer is a fun and easy to use analogue ribbon synthesizer featuring two analogue oscillators (VCO) with individual tunings. It's also packed with the X-MOD circuit borrowed from Korg’s classic Mono/Poly synths. The Original Analogue (VCF) Filter taken from the classic MS-10 & MS-20 will appease the synth snobs out there too! The Aux input jack lets you apply filter to any audio source and the built-in speaker and battery power for Go Anywhere Analogue sound means you can enjoy and create music anywhere. There's also a headphone jack for private use, when those jam sessions go late into the night!