How to talk about music without wondering that one day it hasn’t existed? Have you ever found yourself thinking about it? This was the fuel that motivated us to create the Musicboard project. So, we went after some information. It is not known exactly how music has risen but scientists believe it to be a cultural evolution of people. A real fact is that there are rock paintings that show us a vague idea of people singing and dancing next to fragmented drawings of possible music instruments, all of them represented in Prehistory caves. Now, bringing to our reality, imagine surf and skate movies without music, as in the silent movies’ times.
We could not imagine, but it was with this creative spark we started a very pleasurable trip. During this search we found out that Dick Dale, the “Surf Guitar King”, says to have created the Surf Music in 1957. Since then, new bands have been formed on South California, with groups like The Beach Boys, The Surfaris, The Mermen, The Challengers and Eddie & The Showmen. And since the end of the 1950’s the Surf Music has been creating a perfect atmosphere to Boardsports.
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Around 1888, John Kekuku, a Hawaiian from O’ahu, with 14 yeas old then studying in Honolulu, finds a rusty metal cylinder on the ground. He starts using it to play his acoustic guitar and that’s how it was born the conception that today we know as the slide guitar.
Historically little is known about the slide’s origin, some say it has been created by the Hawaiian native people and after that it was taken to America, others say it was developed by the Afro-Americans who worked on the cotton plantations in the South of United States and that they played a kind of primitive Blues, sometimes called Country Blues or Folk Blues. The first register of a “slide” was made by the musician SYVESTER WEAVER on the songs “Blues Guitar” and “Rag Guitar” in 1923.
The skate was born in California around 1950. The surfers wanted to find something to do when the ocean was out of waves, so the idea of getting the wooden boards and putting some rollers under it appeared.
The creative spark, using as raw material the pictures of Surf and Skate movies without the audio, trying to recreate a time where there wasn’t music, or simply remembering some silent movie phases. And that’s how the trip started.
Musicboard is born, a Hawaiian guitar built with a Skate shape.
The asphalt sound, the unconditional passion about music and design. This is the Musicboard. A musical instrument that embraces the three of them in only one thing, turning them into something way bigger than them all: a lap steel.
The lap steel is the traditional Hawaiian guitar made in a shape with six strings that as their main differential – besides its hypnotizing sound, of course – it is played sit. You may not know it or think you don’t know it, but great music names like The Beatles, Ben Harper and Pink Floyd were and still are adepts to this great instrument.
And what does it have to do with skate and design? Well, the lap steel is an instrument little known in Brazil but it is capable of rendering music in an indescribable way.
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Since we believe that anything is possible, we developed an adaptive Musicboard. When we noticed that the way of playing with the slide made it easier to form the chords to people with some kind of disability, we went after physiotherapists and specialized professionals in adaptive products. That’s it, mission accomplished!
Pedrinho, who is already a musician, can now play his own Musicboard.
This is one of those stories that start for a reason and end up in another, an even better one. Thales Rosa, musician and designer, he is from Juiz de Fora...
The asphalt sound, the unconditional passion about music and design. This is the MusicBoard. A musical instrument that gets the three of them together...
MusicBoard makes a Lap Steel using skate shapes. The products are made in Juiz de Fora/MG and all of the process is handmade.