Unleash Creativity in Music Creation with Muro Box and Other Instruments! (Japan)
Shawn James Seymour
Why do I love music boxes?
I’ve used music boxes in some of our older songs for years. I always made our old melodies into music box sounds by punching paper holes into long strips of paper that plucked the tines on an old German music box before. Check out our previous video that shows Lullatone’s song “How to Tie a Scarf” played on a music box with all of the notes hand punched into a paper roll.
I still really love that machine, but I was interested in the way the Muro Box bridged technology (MIDI, etc) with classic analog sounds. That is a big theme of our music. Mixing electronics with real life objects leads to lots of interesting sounds and possibilities.
The Muro Box feels like a continuation of that tradition for me.
Of course the sounds are pretty and nostalgic (which I love) but the idea that it makes it easy for people of any age or skill level to program a melody and share it with others really speaks to me. Making music is a kind of sharing (ideas, feelings, vibes) and the Muro Box is a practical hands-on way where you can see the melody played out right in front of you!
Various MIDI Connectivity
You can connect MIDI keyboards, use their app or even send the notes to play from your DAW (like Ableton, etc). The new Resonance Box makes your music box melodies louder, deeper and richer. You can check out the videos I made with my own Muro Box here.
What Do I think about the Muro Box N20 and their service?
The resonance box was really easy to put together. The instructions were super clear and easy to follow. Also, all of the parts are high quality (which is hard to tell when you only see something on the internet). The team at Muro Box is really nice, too. When I had a problem with MIDI at first, they were very quick to help. They are super friendly and easy to communicate with. The shipping from Taiwan was fast and seamless.
Let's see how I set up my Muro Box for playing my own melodies!
The Muro Bow is really interesting because it has so many different ways to get your notes in there. I work a lot with synthesizers and midi controllers, so it is exciting to see how adding MIDI effects to the notes the box is playing changes the sound.