January 17, 2008

BeatBearings and the Wisdom of the Tube


This BeatBearing project on YouTube by Peter Bennett is one of those physical interaction ideas that sounded great on paper, but is a bit useless in the flesh.

It’s a “tangible sequencer” but because it has so few slots, the actual rhythms you can produce are pretty clunky early 80s action (which is now old skool twice over - he’ll have to wait for the third 80s revival).

I’m sure it was a great exercise to build it, but it’s kind of what happens when you do a PhD and lose the joy and play. I’d prefer a Tenori-On personally.

Sometimes you have to love the Wisdom of YouTube, This comment caught my eye:

bl4h1: we just spent hundreds of years evolving away from this sort of thing. whats next actual instruments?

(Link via Matt at Kiel’s Foundlings)