Toy Instruments comprises an eye-popping collection of musical toys made between the 1950s and today.
From the late 70s to the early 80s, the heyday of these bleeping, chirping, thrumming and keening devices, while children were busy driving their parents crazy with these batterypowered sounds, adults were incorporating the unique tones into the earliest samples of electronic music and techno.
Divided into chapters like Sing Along, Rhythm Machines, Voice Changers and Musical Animals, which provide details and commentary about the individual toys, Toy Instruments represents the crossroads of educational and weird. Just as dazzling as the cacophony of sounds produced by these toys are the designs of the toys, as well as their packaging.
Culled from the authors personal collection, Toy Instruments is the first book to explore this niche of the toy industry, doing so with an informative and humorous approach, demonstrating how even in todays world of Guitar Hero and Wii, these musical toys from a bygone era are irreplaceable.