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May 23, 2014 4:38 PM

Modesto-area inventor creates live music without musicians

Ken Caulkins believes he has hit the right note with his ragtime castaway band. The collection of 46 automated instruments – including banjo, piano, guitar, steel drums, glockenspiel and accordion – is capable of playing any of the 30,000 songs stored on the hard drive of the computer that serves as the band’s conductor.

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