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Maker Focus: Noisy Toys

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be posting articles in our blog which give you some more information on the Makers who will be participating in this year’s Faire.

First up it’s newcomers Noisy Toys who are making their first Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire appearance in 2014.


Noisy Toys produce unique instruments and interactive installations to encourage learning through the creative exploration of sound and promote upcycling to find new noisy uses for junk.

At the Faire, they will be inviting visitors to get creative, join the jam and MAKE SOME NOISE!

You can make beautiful music (or just a racket!) with an instrument built from their crates of ‘acoustic junk’ and learn about sound waves, vibrations, amplification, circuits, electrical conductivity and resistance. Also catch their Audio Assault Buddy as it makes its way round, loaded with strange and wonderful sonic weaponry and a punchy sound system and conducts experiments on unsuspecting passers-by.

Noisy Toys will have you getting into the groove and making an array of sounds in no time!

Meet another Maker!

Discover the unique sound creations of artist and musician Sarah Kenchington.

As well as taking part in the Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire, Sarah will appear at the Mini Maker Faire Afterparty on the evening of Sunday 7 April, celebrating a successful day of making and the end of the Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Tickets for both these events are available now. Visit sciencefestival.co.uk for more details and to book, or call the box office on 0844 557 2686.

On Another Note from Keiba Clubb on Vimeo.

Phonograph – discover a piece of sound history

Visitors to the Mini Maker Faire will have the rare opportunity to experience one of the world’s earliest music machines – an original working Edison phonograph.

Phonograph1 - credit Gordon Rutter

Photo: Gordon Rutter

Phonograph3 - credit scienceatlife

Photo: Elin Roberts







This amazing machine was first designed by Thomas Edison in 1877. While he was not the first to come up with a sound recorder, his was the first device that could also play the recorded sound back.

Composer and sound engineer Sarah Angliss and artist Colin Uttley will be performing live demonstrations on the phonograph and you’ll also have the chance to try it out for yourself.

Phonograph2 - credit scienceatlife

Photo: Elin Roberts

Tickets for the Mini Maker Faire are now on sale. Click here to book.

The Edinburgh International Science Festival runs from 23 March – 7 April.

Browse and book online at sciencefestival.co.uk or call the booking hotline on 0844 557 2686.