Check out this awe-inspiring drum machine that makes beats from your favourite childhood toy- LEGO!
Watch out- here’s the science bit… Created by Irish computer security engineer and LEGO whizz Mark Crosbie the “SoundMachine” was created using the LEGO Mindstorm kit- which contains hardware and software for users to build robotic devices. The finished piece is a LEGO midi sequencer which turns coloured blocks into beats.
Crosbie used a standard blue Lego plate to create four tracks of eight beats, scanned the LEGO bricks using a colour sensor which then converted the colours into Midi notes.
For the pièce de résistance the notes are played through a laptop on Ableton live programme to create some sick beats.
Crosbie says: “I’ve built three SoundMachine units to work together to compose more complex musical pieces. I’m not much of a musician, so for now I play drum-machines and other “techno” instruments on my laptop controlled by data from SoundMachine.”
Who would have ever thought that the humble LEGO brick could reach such dizzying heights?
LEGO Drum Machine
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By: Tia Clarke - Published: Nov 4, 2012 • References: gizmag