Tag Archives: Music

Just like many other artists, LEGO builders find inspiration in the music they listen to as they create the wonderful models you see here on The Brothers Brick. It’s no surprise, then, that music inspires many LEGO models more directly, from minifig musicians to album art recreated with bricks.

Dreadbeard, Lead Guitarist; Floating on Cloud 9

The entertaining piratical musician was built by Sweetsha. The dreads look appropriately unwashed, and I like how well the essence of the character is conveyed in a relatively simple build.

Metal Head

Sweetsha is apparently engaging in a seed-part contest, with the brown claw piece as the mystery part. His floating windmill island is also worth highlighting. The clouds as structural elements to stabilize the base and hold the flying machine aloft are a nice touch, and the round Hobbt-door is too cute. Be sure to check out his flickr-stream for more cool models utilizing the brown claw.

Celestial Windmill

U2 “War” album art mosaic is more bricky, still angry

Joel Midgley (Greybrick) just posted a LEGO version of the cover art from U2’s 1983 album War.

LEGO U2 War album art

This is a “studs up” rather than the usual “studs out” LEGO mosaic, which allows Joel to have finer control over diagonal angles in places like the lettering, as well as a samller “pixel” with the side of plates rather than their top.

Death Cab for Cutie album covers in LEGO

Death Cab for Cutie are one of my favorite bands, and I’ve enjoyed seeing them live (including opening for the Seattle Mariners a couple year ago).

L D M has recently been posting DCFC album art recreated in LEGO. His rendition of Narrow Stairs is pixel-perfect.

Death Cab For Cutie – Narrow Stairs

Though it’s a less-sophisticated LEGO build, I also like his version of Transatlanticism — the album that secured DCFC as my favorite band at the time.

Death Cab for Cutie – Transatlanticism

Though we missed it when he posted it back in September, Plans incorporates some interesting textures — can you spot the crab?

Death Cab for Cutie – Plans

Der Goliath: Dr. von Shrappnell’s heavy armoured giant monowheel

Though we’ve mainly featured the Discworld creations by Amacher Sylvain (captainsmog), he’s also quite the accomplished steampunk builder, as he demonstrates with this behemoth of a monowheel.

Der Goliath: side view

While we’re at it, don’t miss his awesome and atmospheric rock concert scene:

Stage: large view

It’s not over until the reasonably proportioned minifig lady sings

That old cliché doesn’t really work when minifigs are all shaped the same. Anyway, this operatic scene by Seth Christie includes a great backdrop, complete with curtains and a viking ship.

Viking Opera

Although I prefer Bizet and Puccini, I certainly appreciate the Wagner reference, as well as inspiration taken from classical music in general.

Tunable, playable LEGO ukulele

On the whole I’m used to seeing one thing pop up in Ross Crawford’s (RoscoHead) photostream: cranes. So spotting a LEGO ukulele there this morning was somewhat of a surprise. Discovering it worked was less of a surprise after the initial shock.
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To quote Ross:

Realising I’ve never owned a uke, I decided I’d try to make one. But instead of using wood, like any normal person, I decided to use LEGO bricks. Of course, there were some challenges: 1) Shape, 2) Strength, 3) Tuning, 4) Intonation

So, after all that, I ended up with what I like to call an alto ukulele – it is tuned to C-F-A-D (normal ukes are generally tuned to G-C-E-A). I also thought it needed a stand so I can display it on the mantle piece, you can see it poking out the bottom. And I think it really sounds OK, but you can judge for yourself: Puff the Magic Dragon

And for those who missed the link in the quote, here is Ross playing a well known song on his LEGO ukulele.

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Incidentally, this is how you make a tuning peg out of LEGO. Clever, no?