On Saturday, Ten10 Studios in Long Island City hosted three music performances at its 47th Road studio space. As the show was literally around the corner from home, I went to snap about forty photos of the night’s performances.
The night was capped by a performance by Ken Butler, a renowned music instrument builder, who played about a dozen handmade instruments he built over the years. All of the instruments are built from found objects, as you’ll see below, and converted to musical instruments through the strategic placement of a contact microphone. He would also use a sound processor to loop percussive sounds as a back beat.
It’s both incredible and empowering to see how many possible musical instruments Butler made with the everyday objects.