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

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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:

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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

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

Mogees Vibration Sensor Lets You Use Anything As A Musical Instrument

mogees-vibration-sensorUK-based Mogees shared a new preview video for their Mogees Vibration Sensor kit, which lets you use just about anything as a musical instrument.

Mogees works by combining a vibration sensor with music software that translates the vibrations of objects into expressive synthesized sound.

It also can be used to generate MIDI, letting you turn just about anything into a MIDI controller.

Here’s the official video demo: Continue reading

Conducting An Orchestra Of 24 Soviet Cars

Gestural electronic musician Anton Maskeliade let us know about his latest video, which captures a music installation and performance with an orchestra of 24 Soviet cars.

Maskeliade specializes in creating gestural audiovisual performances, using a Leap Motion as a gesture controller.  Continue reading