18th November 2020

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CLIP launches the Photon Smasher, an innovative new musical instrument which allows you listen to light

Discover a hidden world of music with this solar panel microphone and learn the physics of light and sound.

Developed over the past year through music workshops with young musicians across North Essex, the Photon Smasher makes electronic music making as simple as waving a light. CLIP took a community centred design approach, with Ipswich illustrator George Yarnton designing the fairground inspired artwork and Hippo Screen Printers in Margaretting producing the bespoke screen-printed boxes. The young musicians who attend CLIP’s workshops helped iterate the handmade instrument, using it to make music by stacking up flashing lights and jamming along with the resulting rhythms. The product trailer even features an incredible soundtrack made by CLIP’s young musicians. The Photon Smasher represents CLIP’s first steps into instrument design, the first of many exciting and innovative ideas.

The Photon Smasher is part STEM kit and musical instrument. Suitable for ages 11 and up, simply assemble the kit and use the included LED to listen to light. Its sound will change depending what light you shine at it, so explore the physics of light and sound to turn bicycle lights into thumping drum beats and light up toys into futuristic synthesisers.

Frazer Merrick CLIP Co-founder said ‘Its so exciting to be launching our very own instrument. We love creating sound experiments and the Photon Smasher is a great way of encouraging more people to get curious with sound.’

The Photon Smasher is currently only available to purchase in the UK, directly from the CLIP website