Truly, this new book release is a wonderland for those who like to tinker. Take for instance this CPVC Slide Whistle that you can make. All kids love these things, and the instructions to make this are easy. The items needed are very likely sitting around in or outside of your house too! The person I wanted to give it to has two children. I knew he'd love it, because he likes to do things to make his kids (and his wife) happy. Building is an easy way for him to do that, and he's pretty daggone good at it too. ;)
The book gives you instructions and pictures too. It also gives you a nice little bit of information on the finished product. This is the kind of book that teaches the younger kids, and enthralls the big ones, and the adults too. It's the perfect gift for the inventor in your house. Watch them light up with delight, no matter their age, as they see their creations come to life!!
I think this is the kind of book that if jumps right out at you, if you know someone who likes to create. Do you have a creator in your life who might like to receive this book for a gift?
|Junkyard Jam Band|
A Guide to Building DIY Musical Instruments and Noisemakers
San Francisco, CA (October 16, 2015) — Eddie Van Halen, Bo Diddley, and Jack all created their own iconic rock sounds by hacking and modifying instruments themselves. These innovative musicians, along with many others, are the inspiration behind Junkyard Jam Band, the latest release from No Starch Press, which teaches novice do-it-yourselfers how to build 16 unique instruments and sound effects.
Junkyard Jam Band (No Starch Press, $24.95, 408 pp., October 2015) offers step-by-step, illustrated instructions for building standalone instruments like a wooden thumb piano, an Altoids-tin "turntable" that produces old-skool hip hop skritches and scratches, a PVC slide whistle, a Slinkiphone that amplifies a Slinky's inherent sci-fi sound effects, and even several homebrew synthesizers. With simple soldering and carpentry instructions to guide them, budding builders can create custom instruments to fit their musical style and taste.
Readers will learn how to:
"When you build an instrument yourself, you can do it however you want," Nelson says. "This is a book designed to empower folks who feel like they have no DIY experience. When a kid or even an adult sees how easy it is to do, they can't help but start tinkering. My goal is to encourage readers to tap into their capacity to improvise—musically and manually!"
Readers of all skill levels will be soldering circuits and building their own roaring, warbling, bleeping homemade instruments sooner than they can say "Bohemian Rhapsody."
Junkyard Jam Band will be available in bookstores and online in October 2015.
About the Author
David Erik Nelson is an essayist, freelance writer, and award-winning science fiction author whose stories have appeared in Asimov's and The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, among others. He is the author of Snip, Burn, Solder, Shred (No Starch Press).