• This proves all musical instruments should have particle effects
02.26.14

This proves all musical instruments should have particle effects

Physical touch is something that's been sorely missing as music has become more digital. You're not going to see a producer going all Pete Townshend on his $10,000 dollar studio equipment. But a weird and wonderful acoustic research project by Felix Flair turns any hard surface into a tactical musical instrument, bringing back some digital-physical contact.


The installation, called Contact, uses some fancy-pants tech like contact microphones, passive sonar, and waveform analysis to recognize precisely where and with what part of the hand a surface has been hit. The beating is then digitally and head-noddingly turned into music. Wrist and fingernail hits trigger classic 808 Kick and Clap sounds, and the audio can be recorded and played back with a custom built loop pedal. It also uses projections to create a custom light-show based on the music played, which looks as awesome as the tech behind it sounds.


Watch below to be dazzled by the world's wildest drum kit/kitchen counter.