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Programmable Drum sticks

Program drum sticks so different sounds can be sequenced fluidly and naturally.
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I think that if there are at most, and optimally, four different directions that one could swind a programmed drum stick then one could play be flicking his or her wrists in those directions.
for example, right hand has RIGHT:Crash cymbal DOWN: Kick LEFT:Closed high hat , and UP: Hi tom, while the left hand is programmed for RIGHT:ride DOWN:Snare, LEFT:Open hi-hat, and UP: hi-tom.
I'm not much of a drummer, but I beat box, and I know I move my hands to illustrate the noise (it helps me visualize and feel what will come out cuz it's improv). I don't know if four regions could get programmed, because the more i think of it, i don't know fit the tendons can take too much stress in all directions. Maybe 3 is good. It would be cool to put samples in and scratch by flying back and forth. I talked to an electronics major who said it would be very feasible, but i don't know about ergonomics. All comments are appreciated, thanks.
nratzan, Jun 02 2003

Like this?? http://www.niftycool.com/eldrumstic.html
I knew I had seen them before [gnomethang, Oct 04 2004]

Electronic Air Guitar Simulation Gloves http://www.halfbake...Simulation_20Gloves
Add this other idea by [mrkillboy] and you could start building an "air band". [krelnik, Oct 04 2004]


       Positively Crunchy! (see link)
gnomethang, Jun 02 2003

       Therefore [marked–for–deletion]?
MikeOliver, Jun 02 2003

       The drum sticks [gnomethang] links to are for kids ands and aren't even programmable for new sounds and samples, much less 3-4 sounds per stick. What I was thinking of was much more complicated and for much more serious drum/beat recording and performing than these fisherprice style sticks. I agree they have a basic similarity, but I don't know if these other sticks are even programmed for intensity of movement vs. intensity of sound produced. Thanks though [gnomethang], I couldn't previously find anything like that before on the web.
nratzan, Jun 02 2003

       Neat, so you could in effect play "air drums" and actually hear the sounds too.
krelnik, Jun 02 2003

       hold your horses [MO] its being ever so slightly baked or its bakedness being quite obscure is not a reason for an mfd.   

       [nratzan] so there are no drums, just sticks? sorry being a little dimmer than usual here.   

       please find a nice little musical instrument category for it to go in. there are musicians here that will still find it, promise.
po, Jun 02 2003

       How does the stick know when to trigger the sound if it doesn't hit anything?
snarfyguy, Jun 02 2003

       I used some in america about 10 years ago... a shake of the stick produced a drum beat...   

       Not sure they were aimed at kids... they were black.   

       The fact that it does exist almost identical to the outlined idea does not constitute //ever so slightly baked//
MikeOliver, Jun 02 2003

       the link is a toy [MO]. please find a link for what you used.   

       I know its different but rainsticks are a thing of joy.
po, Jun 02 2003

       Have searched to no avail... the ones i used may have been toys, but they were black and made drum sounds...
MikeOliver, Jun 02 2003

       It's possible to use these without drums because the moment you stop swinging their is a change in acceleration and the total energy of that swing translates to play the sound when and how intensely.
nratzan, Jun 02 2003

       Thanks [po] fo yo advice.
nratzan, Jun 02 2003

       [nratzan} I take your point about the kids thang. I have only ever heard/seen them as toys.
I suspect any pro worth his salt may turn up his nose, though, as they may not offer the required precision.

       Nevertheless, I would take your idea further and suggest a foot rack/panel for percussion selection and basic loops, remember that a drummer can select much more than 3 items with any one hand in quick succession (even on the same drum e.g. snare/rimshot combos). I think you may need to loop a basic beat a la casio with your sticks filling out the nice stuff.
gnomethang, Jun 03 2003


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