You’ve never heard AC/DC played this way

The Stylophone, a tiny analogue proto-synthesizer that you play with a pencil-type thing, was invented in 1967 and was most famously heard on David Bowie’s “Space Oddity.” It fell out of favour when proper synths came along, but it’s still treasured by some music instrument nerds.

As an example, here’s how AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck” sounds when played on a couple of these things.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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