2013 NAMM Show: Andy Graham introduced the Slaperoo Noodle, a smaller version of his original Slaperoo electroacoustic percussion instrument.
The Noodle 26″ long, and made of PVC, with a tunable metal strap stretched across one side. Because the Noodle is more flexible than the original Slaperoo, it can create rolling ‘bass lines’ similar to an electric talking drum.
The Noodle was one of the NAMM organizations ‘Best of Show’ picks for 2013. Details on the Noodle are still to come, but expect it to be priced around $300, half the price of the original.
Here’s a video of Andy performing with the original full-size Slaperoo:
Graham got the original idea of the Slaperoo from metal packing straps. He found that he could make interesting musical sounds by slapping taut packing straps. He developed the idea by attaching a high-carbon steel strap to a rigid aluminum body. The instrument is tunable and can by played by slapping it, hitting it with drum sticks or even bowing it.
See the Slaperoo site for more info.