This video, via Rhythm Traders, takes a quick look at the aFrame – an ‘Electrorganic Frame Drum’.
Here’s what they have to say about it:
The aFrame enables performers to organically express their musicality just as if they were playing an acoustic instrument—the player controls the subtlety of the performance. ATV’s proprietary “Adaptive Timbre Technology” responds to the acoustic percussion playing techniques of striking, pressing, and friction. With nuance, the player can produce sounds that have tonal variation and effect controls not possible with existing digital percussion.
For a natural feel, the playing surface of the aFrame is made of a hi-tech material with excellent bounce and friction characteristics, yet it has the familiar feel of headed acoustic percussion. When playing the aFrame, its organic feel is instantly recognizable. The natural bamboo frame comes from a renewable resource and has properties that technically contribute to the playability of the aFrame.
Here’s a video exploring a variety of sounds on the aFrame:
Here’s a performance demo, featuring Masaki Yoshimi:
The aFrame has a street price of US $1,599. See the aFrame site for more info.