by Mat Janson Blanchet

Pickup Winding Machine

Project Description

While researching how to create a sound sculpture at the Topological Media Lab, I chose a design which would leverage electromagnetic pickups to pick up the sculpture's guitar strings. The sculpture would have guitar strings, but not placed in an array like most stringed instruments.

This meant that commercially available pickups would not do. Equally, commercially available pickup winding machines were not appropriate for creating the single-string electromagnetic pickups I designed.

As such, I fabricated a pickup winding machine so that I could spool the Brutalist Pickups.


Wood, Arduino, motor, electronic components



Research, design, fabrication, electronics, programming


While conducting research-creation at the Topological Media Lab



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