Created by Lorenzo Bravi, Hit The Beat is a physical drum machine that can play anything, making it possible for everyday objects to become musical instruments.
The setup includes a collection of box like objects with solenoid actuators built in, and each containing different granules. All boxes connect to the main unit with integrated Arduino module which acts as the translator of the midi message received. The midi message is sent with any MIDI app thanks to Midi Configuration on Mac. Lorenzo used Little Midi on the iPad to send the wireless message. Midi instruments can be assigned to each box that eventually triggers a physical solenoid percussion in realtime. Users can build an orchestra-like set of items, creating an intuitive and interactive investigation of music and sound.
What is important for me in this project is the pedagogic aspect of the device (that I’ve built for the workshop for children). Technology is not used to “teach” how technology works, but to understand how can we use it, and provoke a different perception and point of view, in this case in music.
The project started off as a workshop for children at Libreria Corraini 121, in Milan.