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January 18, 2021
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Design Wind Instruments

By Alexandra Glorioso
Whistle Created by Ranjit Bhatnagar
Photo Courtesy of Ranjit Bhatnagar (

Sat., Feb. 12, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.: Design whistles, ocarinas, and recorders at NYC Resistor, a very cool and interesting group of computer geniuses located in Boerum Hill.

Learn to design simple whistles, ocarinas, and/or recorders in Inkscape or Adobe Illustrator, or cut them out of wood on the Epilog 35 Watt Laser, and assemble them into working wind instruments. The class combines an introduction to laser fabrication, including safety, design principles,and material choices, as well as an introduction to the acoustics of fipple-based wind instruments.

Besides leaving you with an instrument you¬†designed and built yourself, this class also qualifies you to operate the laser cutter for your own projects at NYC Resistor’s Laser Mondays or Thursday Craft Nights. Bring a laptop and a USB jump drive. If you don’t already have Adobe Illustrator or Inkscape software, download the free, opensource Inkscape or the 30-day demo of Illustrator and familiarize yourself with it before the class.

Register at:

$75 + $5 materials

This class is taught by NYC Resistor member Ranjit Bhatnagar as part of his Noisy Noises project, in which he spends every February making a new primitive musical instrument each day. All NYC Resistor classes are for people 18 years old and up. Sorry, minors.

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NYC Resistor

87 3rd Ave

4th Floor

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