"Detroit’s famous duo features Stylophone sounds throughout the song 'Icky Thump,' the title track of their 2007 album. The track showcases the Stylophone with a wild and dissonant solo. Always a fan of retro musical instruments, Jack White is also credited for playing the *Stylophone* on the album *Consolers of The Lonely* by the Raconteurs."more
If the first two Gorillaz albums set the bar high for star guests – Ike Turner, Dennis Hopper, **Shaun Ryder**, Ibrahim Ferrer and so on – it’s no surprise that Plastic Beach comes loaded with more celebrities than a Royal Command Variety Performance. And, like a Variety Performance, your expectations rise in the presence of the great and the good. Wow – that’s **Lou Reed** on ”Some Kind Of Nature”! And he’s singing what sounds like a track from Transformer! As played on Fisher- Price toys! And wow again – that’s **Mick Jones** on the title track! With Paul Simonon playing the bassline from “Guns Of Brixton”! With Damon dicking about on a Stylophone!"more
"**Interviewer:** So guys, how did you both begin playing music and what was your first musical instrument? **2D:** For me it was keyboards. Any keyboards really, like. My dad, right, he used to find stuff in junk shops and he even customized them for me. I had a Casio VL Tone which I used to take, everywhere with me. It looks a bit like a melodica, uh, which was another instrument I loved. Still do. But, you know, keyboards was the thing that I loved. Stylophones, Moogs, synths, electronic stuff, anything that makes a ‘bloopy’ noise. Uh, I was a bit like Brian Eno."more
Out of the box this appears to be very limited, short keyboard, no envelope control and only one sound modification option, however that already makes it more flexible than many orchestral instruments, and they seem to manage. For me they really come alive when you start adding effects pedals, and rhen the imperfections in the sound can turn it into a snarling, sweating beast from beyond. My favourite options are the Digitech RP55 or a Behringer BSY Bass synthesizer and Nux Time Core, you would be hard pushed to recognise the sound source, but you know its dirty and by heck its fun.