McDonalds Intros DJ Controller Placemats, Because – Wait For It – You Deserve A Break Today


The Netherlands are known for a lot of things: tulips, windmills, canals, Old Masters, space cakes and, of course, wooden shoes.

Now, McDonalds in The Netherlands is adding something new to the list – DJ placemats:


The McTrax, above, looks like a regular placemat, but it’s also a DJ controller, printed with conductive ink.

You can connect to the placemat wirelessly, via Bluetooth, with your smartphone. And boom – before you can say “I got frites sauce on my MIDI controller!”, you’re using your placemat to make music.

Here’s a demo of the McTrax in action: Continue reading

The NES Paul, ‘The Guitar That Helped Mario Save the Princess”

NES_Paul_DoniguitarAnd now for something completely different:

Someone has made a middling pun into a real, working musical instrument:  the NES Paul Guitar, an electric guitar, the body of which is made from — you guessed it — a Nintendo NES console.

Calling it “the guitar that helped Mario save the princess,” custom guitar-maker DoniGuitars says the NES Paul “is everything a fully playable guitar should be, only it is built within an original NES shell.”

“The original NES bodies [of the guitar] are always in good condition, some even perfect – it varies considering their age.

The guitar can then be finished off with your favourite Nintendo character adorning the headstock. Of course, you can choose to have it blank too if you so wish or you can make it truly custom to yourself/the recipient.”

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Audiopill Promises A Party In Your Tummy – That You Can’t Escape

Jan Poope’s Audiopill – part of the art exhibition Prolapse of Love – is a conceptual art piece that is designed for “enjoying music from the inside”.

According to Poope (aka Jan Strmiska): Continue reading

Tribal Tools Kadabra Wireless Musical Instrument (Sneak Preview)

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At the 2016 NAMM Show, Tribal Tools introduced the Kadabra, a unique new wireless musical instrument.

The instrument is made of hardwood and combines electronics, software algorithms and ergonomic design.

There are 24 capacitive copper pipe keys carved into the lower part of the body, flanked by multicolored LED lighting. The upper section is home to 12 control buttons, three thumb buttons and three pressure sensors, six utility buttons and a wheel encoder. All of the buttons have been designed for durability and the lights correspond to scales, tones and functions to give the player a visual performance or learning reference.

Up to 16 different sounds can play simultaneously and motion sensors allow the player to control different parameters or produce specific sounds/effects with sharp or flowing movements.

Here’s a video intro: Continue reading