Keyboard of the Month - Carlodica
as seen in the November issue of Keyboard magazine
This instrument was designed to address the needs & concerns of the energy conscious musician. This hybrid axe is powered by fuel from a vehicle and taps into its vast resource of wind as an energy source. Using American ingenuity, melodica maniac Steve Hegman takes the melodica keyboard and adapts it to work on any car giving us the Carlodica.
The design is quite simple. Take your favorite melodica keyboard available at www.melodicas.com and place it on your already existing keyboard shelf between the steering wheel and windshield of your automobile. Run the melodica flex tube out the window and connect to a funnel (available at your local kitchen). Attach the wind collecting funnel with duck tape, facing towards the front (very important) of the car.
The Carlodica is played while the car is in motion. The volume of the Carlodica is regulated by the gas pedal which also propels the vehicle forward. The faster you drive the louder it gets. For fixed dynamics, set the cruise control around 70 MPH. A beautiful tremolo effect can be achieved by accelerating and slamming on the breaks repeatedly. The Carlodica frees up your mouth allowing you to drink, smoke, and talk on your cell phone while driving and playing a traditional melodica. Children love playing the Carlodica! If reading is necessary, music can be placed outside the car on your windshield and held in place with existing windshield wipers.
Your friends, neighbors, and highway patrol will be amazed as you swerve through the streets while playing your favorite songs on the Carlodica. The Carlodica will change the way we look at music, driving, and car insurance rates for years to come. This is one dangerous keyboard!
Carlodicas to be used in parade- Read about it in the spring - North Eagle newsletter
For more info on Melodicas goto Melodica Information
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Revised: July 19, 2007 .