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Posted on Mon, May 6, 2013 : 2:13 p.m.

Ann Arbor artist/inventor Michael Flynn captivated crowds at Flint's Free City art festival

By Jenn McKee


Isiah Medrano, 6, holds a card up against Ann Arbor resident Michael Flynn's phonograph, as he tries to hear the sound of his voice Saturday afternoon at the Free City art festival at Chevy in the Hole.

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An MLive story out of Flint puts a spotlight on the contributions of Ann Arbor inventor/artist Michael Flynn to Flint’s Free City art festival, which happened this past weekend.

He built a phonograph that, when patrons spun a plywood disk and held a business card against its carved edges, played a recording of Flynn saying the phrase “Love is all you need,” as well as an old electric bike motor that powers a radio and a fan, and a large plastic dome used for a dance party on Friday, May 3.

“I like to find a way to allow people to cooperate,” Flynn told MLive. “An organic sense of extended community comes from cooperative play with strangers.”

Jenn McKee is an entertainment reporter for Reach her at or 734-623-2546, and follow her on Twitter @jennmckee.


Michael Flynn

Tue, May 7, 2013 : 3:08 a.m.

Oops this is the link to my video:

Michael Flynn

Tue, May 7, 2013 : 2:58 a.m.

Hi Jenn, Thanks for reposting key parts of the Flint Journal's story. Here is a link to video of my Cooperative Phonograph in use: Michael Flynn