Have a you ever wondered what you could do with an acoustic guitar, a tablet computer and a limitless supply of small pneumatic gas valves?

No, of course you haven’t. But it turns out that the creative chaps at US valve maker Clippard Instrument Laboratory have, and better still they’ve put it together. Here is the ‘air’ guitar doing its thing at laboratory sciences trade show Analytica in Munich, Germany, where it pulled in plenty of punters with its clickety clackety renditions of fingerstyle favourites.

Which leads us to: what’s the best song for this rig? My votes go to Classical Gas by Mason William, Solid Air by John Martyn and Pump It by the Black Eyed Peas, although I suppose anything by 70s punk outfit The Valves would work too. Got any more suggestions?

Andrew Turley

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