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)