Most washing machines are quite noisy, delivering a variety of
during the process of their wash, rinse, spin and dry cycles. It
to me that the powerful motor could also harnessed to drive a
mechanical drum machine, capable of creating the range of
and rhythms characteristic
of all drum solos.
The drum machine would consist of a miniaturised kit, built into
washing machine's body, with the resulting output being processed
and amplified to ensure it emerged via hidden speakers sounding
a real musician was pounding on the snares/symbols/tom toms
instead of the tiny mechanical cam and rod driven arms.
As an example: For a large long wash, one would select something
like "Toad", by the wonderful Ginger Baker. Setting the wash time,
temperature, and other options would also effect the timings and
cadence of the resulting drum solo. As the machine stores many
musician and drum types, an infinite number of permutations can
created, meaning that no two washing machine drum solos are
exactly the same. The variations can be further modulated by
additional controls such as "Frantic", "Africanised", "Bluenote",
"Jazzified". All tastes are catered for in the world of drum solos.
Note - this washing machine is not suitable for apartment dwellers
who have people living underneath them.