Noisy Toys is all about having fun experimenting with sound. We make amazing instruments and we let you play on them. Our Interactive Installations will have you taking part in a steam-punk cyber-glam cacophony of free creative expression. Our hands-on science demonstrations will have you vibrating (literally) with 1000 watt sound waves, dodging lentils and alien Goop and taking part in the internationally acclaimed Noisy Toys Nose Test (how squeaky is yours?). In our workshops we show you how to scavenge interesting new bits from old dead computers to make your own mini noise machines for free, and how to start creating music with all open source software on up-cycled computers that people have thrown away. In summary: Music is Maths, and Noise is Lovely. Welcome to the zone of Audio Anarchy- leave your harmonic preconceptions behind and follow the BOOOOOM!
Noisy Toys is a small, independent educational company exploring new ways to engage and inspire people, and linking subject disciplines in new ways. We are based in the North West, in Hebden Bridge, but we take our activities all over the country. It was started by Steve Summers in 2007.
I am a musician, instrument maker and sonic artist with a science fixation. I am a qualified teacher with over ten years experience as a workshop leader, music teacher and science communicator.
I started Noisy Toys to fulfil the need for participatory music and inspirational science in education. Since then Noisy Toys has expanded in several different directions with the involvement of other partners.
I have tested thousands of noses all over the country, butchered hundreds of computers and spawned many strange new instruments.