This catalog has books and CDs on musical instrument design and construction produced by Bart Hopkin and many co-authors through the Experimental Musical Instruments organization. In addition, you’ll find sample libraries containing the sounds of instruments from the Hopkin Instrumentarium. (At the time of this writing, just one such library has been released. More are coming soon.) Farther down the catalog page you can also find music CDs of Bart’s own music.

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Price: $25.95

MAKING LAMELLAPHONES: Instruments of the Kalimba and Mbira Families, and Contemporary Variants

Book by Bart Hopkin and Yuri Landman.
Lamellaphones are musical instruments like those pictured on this book’s cover, in the family of mbira, kalimba, and countless related forms. In this book are plans and ideas for a large and wonderfully diverse variety of lamellaphones ranging from simple to sophisticated, and traditional to far out.

Price: $18.95

Nice Noise: Preparations and Modifications for Guitar

Book by Bart Hopkin and Yuri Landman.

This is a book of modifications, preparations and extensions you can use with acoustic and electric guitars. The focus is not on electronic effects; it’s on things you can do physically to alter the ways the strings vibrate or the soundboard projects. Whatever type or style of guitar you play – acoustic or electric; classical, jazz, rock, avant-garde or other – this book will show you new and unexpected ways to play it.

Price: $18.95

Musical Instrument Design

Book by Bart Hopkin, with an introduction by Jon Scoville.

A key resource for anyone interested in musical instrument making. It provides an overview of acoustic instrument design principles for acoustic instruments of all sorts loads of practical, hands-on information, generously illustrated. The tone is accessible and friendly without sacrificing seriousness of purpose. This is the only book of its kind: there are other books that offer plans for making specific instruments, but no others that provide a systematic exposition of underlying design principles as this one does.

Price: $16.95

Getting a Bigger Sound

Pickups and Microphones for your Musical Instrument

Book by Bart Hopkin with Robert Cain and Jason Lollar

This book tells you how to take the sound of a musical instrument and convert it to an electrical signal for amplification. Whether your instrument is something as familiar as an acoustic guitar or something as exotic as a recycled-junk-o-phone, you can learn here about the best options for adding a pickup or an onboard microphone to it. The book includes complete how-to on pickup making, and much more.

Price: $22.95

Making Marimbas and Other Bar Percussion Instruments

Book with audio CD, by Bart Hopkin and Carl Dean with Christopher Banta How to make bar percussion instruments of all sorts, including marimbas and related instruments with sounding bars of wood, metal, bamboo, and other materials.

Making Music With Kids

Price: $19.95

Making Musical Instruments with Kids

67 Easy Projects for Adults Working with Children

Book with audio CD by Bart Hopkin

This book, with its accompanying audio CD, is a treasure trove of musical instrument ideas simple enough for children to make. It’s written primarily for adults who work with children, including teachers, parents, and others involved in the lives of young people.

Wind Chimes: Design and Construction

Price: $15.95

Wind Chimes: Design and Construction

Book with audio CD by Bart Hopkin

Complete how-to information on the making of this most accessible of instruments. Descriptions, photos and and sounds of a great many diverse types, from the familiar to the very unusual.

Price: $15.95

Slap Tubes and Other Plosive Aerophones

Book and audio CD by Phil Dadson and Bart Hopkin

The category of musical instruments known as plosive aerophones includes the end-struck tubes sometimes called slap tubes, as well as many other instrument types. These instruments can be simple to make, yet they are fully musical and they sound great. This book tells you everything you need to know to make them, with ready-to-build designs as well as the information you need to design your own.

Funny Noises for the Connoisseur

Price: $16.95

Funny Noises for the Connoisseur

Book and audio CD by Bart Hopkin with Ray Brunelle and Vincent Nicastro

This book, with its accompanying audio CD, is about comical sounds and how to make them. Squishy sounds and gloopy sounds, farting sounds and belching sounds, laughing sounds and crying sounds, crazy-bad musical instrument sounds, Martians conversing, morticians giggling, etc., etc.

Air Columns and Toneholes: Principles for Wind Instrument Design

Price: $14.95

Air Columns and Toneholes: Principles for Wind Instrument Design

By Bart Hopkin

A booklet containing theory and how-to on these aspects of wind instrument design, starting with a not-too-demanding generalist’s approach and working its way through to a more exacting mathematical approach. (This book is available not through, but through Tai Hei Shakuhachi.


Funny Noises for the Connoisseur

Price: $39.00

Hopkin Instrumentarium: Tines & Echoes

Sample Library

Sample library featuring Tines & Echoes, a lamellaphone with sympathetic string resonators.  The library includes a suite of automation-ready shaping controls plus presets, made for Kontakt Player. Published by SoundIron, 2019.


Experimental Musical Instruments, Early Years (Audio CD)

Price: $15

Instrumentarium Hopkinis: Bart Hopkin Plays Invented Instruments

In this audio CD, Bart Hopkin (the founder and still the main guy at Experimental Musical Instruments) plays his own instruments. Great music played on a wildly diverse collection of instruments. Includes 16-page booklet with information on the instruments.

21 Ways of Looking at Things

Price: $15.00

21 Ways of Looking at Things

Sound Instruments Designed by Bart Hopkin
Audio CD with 4-page booklet. Published by Experimental Musical Instruments, 2007. Twenty-one soundscapes created with invented instruments — oddly musical, richly textural, never opaque, always evocative.

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Experimental Musical Instruments Complete Back Issues on CD-ROM

70 Issues, 1985-1999, on two CDs

All 70 issues of the late, great Experimental Musical Instruments journal, 1985-1999, on two CD-ROMs in Adobe .pdf format. The content is complete and identical to the original print versions. Fourteen years’ worth of great stuff! It’s a real treasure trove.

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