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Sketches of Sound, the Papernoise Edition


A long time ago I made this drawing for Marc Weidenbaum’s excellend blog disquiet.com. It was for a series he was doing called “Sketches of Sound” (hence the title of this post), where he was inviting illustrators to sketch something sound-related.

Every year I try to do something called “inktober”. The idea is to make one drawing each day, throughout October, and post it somewhere. October is always a very busy month for us, so this endeavour usually fails.

For this year’s inktober I wanted to draw objects that I have used to make music. They could be anything: random objects I picked up from the trash, modified contraptions, but also things most people would identify as a musical instrument.

Here’s some of the sketches I was able to complete. I might make more in the future.

An old, discarded CPU fan heatsink. I’ve used this one numerous times during life performances with kvsu. I’ve attached a piezo contact mic on the bottom to be able to capture its sound. It’s best when played pecussively with a metal object, but it can also make some nasty sounds when played with a bow

A DIY electric Kazoo. Unfortunately the mic muffles the sound a bit, but it’s still fun when played through a bunch of effects.

An old olive oil can. I’ve used this as a sort of reverb (the Organic Olive Oil Can Reverb!), but also as a percussive instrument.

The wonderful Microphonic Soundbox by Leaf Audio.

An old, rusty water tank, which I’ve sampled extensively for the track “Tank” on Intimate Spaces


Graphic designer, illustrator and soundmangler. He makes music as kurodama and as part of the electronic music duo kvsu. Together with his wife Elizabeth he runs Papernoise, a small design studio located in northern Italy, specialised in graphic design for the world of music.

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