Nick Demopoulos – Musician

Will The Smomid Carry You on a Musical Journey of Electronic Ecstacy?

Pic of prototype and current Smomid
What the *&^# is a Smomid?



Prototype of the Smomid

At, we delight in seeing how instruments are built.  Nick has provided several pictures of what appears to be an earlier Smomid.  It’s clear what the priorities of the instrument were and what he decided he needed more of!

An earlier version of the Smomid


More Information on Nick Demopoulos and his Smomid

How to Make Music Instruments — from Straws!

How many different notes can a straw make?!

Are you making a song in your studio and want a little something different?  Maybe an interlude with an uncommon, but harmonious sound?   Here’s a musical how-to video from RimStar that will show you how without spending a dime!

 Includes a mini-physics lesson

Another thing special about RimStar’s video is that he gives a mini physics lesson alongside the how-to!

Also, these are inexpensive.

They are cheap enough that you can make several, one for each song, or even one for the verse and one for the chorus.


Next time you go out to eat, steal a few extra straws from the restaurant  and try this out.



Robots vs. DIY Instruments

Music-instrument-making robots churning out guitar bodies and carving necks in groups of ten at a time…



This makes me think about the differences between human construction and machines. Obviously, the machines are much faster, but what are the trade offs?

  1. Machines can’t make subtle changes that customize the instrument.
  2. Machines can’t detect when something is slightly off
  3. Startup/investment cost is huge, keeping beginners out of the business and fun.
  4. What else?

DIY Instruments vs. Homebrew Instruments

What is the difference between DIY Instruments and Homebrew Instruments?

They are:

  1. Both music instruments that are made at home, rather than bought completed.
  2. They both let you learn a little something
  3. They both help you make a closer connection playing your instrument

However!  I have found that searching the Internet, there are some huge differences!

  1. “DIY” Instruments tend, on the whole, to be much more intended for children.
  2. There are more hits on Google for “DIY” instruments than “Homebrew.”
  3. “Homebrew” Instruments are more likely to be electronic