The Table Drum Augmented Audio application allows iOS device users to turn that acoustic finger pounding into digitized drum sounds, in real time. The app works like a drum pad but instead of tapping the screen to trigger samples, it uses the microphone to listen for taps from your fingers. It’s smart enough to distinguish between 4 different sounds too. So the sound of your finger tapping the dinner table could be used to trigger a high hat sound, while the clink of your fork on your glass could trigger a kick drum sound.
It's available now from the iTunes Store for US$3.99 .
"This is a simple ear training tool. It plays a musical interval, and shows you the bottom note. You click the top note." "When you're done, check out the statistics." Noted one commenter, "you are all idiots. it clearly states at the bottom: THIS IS INTENDED FOR PEOPLE WHO KNOW MUSIC THEORY." Fair warning.
I know, I know, the frequency of my Monday morning music video being filled with found vintage film clips is perhaps a little odd, but if you can find me a better way to start the week than Henry DeMaio’s stunner for Mayer Hawthorne then I’ll happily listen. In the meantime though…
Remember the good ol’ days when stereo systems were actual physical items, with buttons, knobs, and expensive electronics. When hi-fi snobbery was a very real personality trait. Yes, times have changed. But thanks to industrial designerHironao Tsuboi, we can still indulge our tactile fantasies. This retro volume control dial is actually a portable speaker in disguise, with the volume adjusted by simply turning the dial. What a brilliant idea. Let’s hope it goes to eleven.
Japanese toy maker Takara Tomy has created ananthropomorphic toy that uses conductivity to transfer the human touch into a bass drum, snare, or other musical instrument. You can play with up to 4 people and create your own sound, or pick from one of the 10 preset melodies to jam with.
There is even a YouTube page set up that features different people experimenting with their bodies.
Ningengakki (literally, human instrument) goes on sale thislater month and retails for 3,360 yen.