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The idea is to implant small, velocity
sensitive, drum triggers in a set of
I work in a music store and a vast
of the drummers and other musicians
come in will brrr-at-at-duum-tat-tat
their knuckles/fingers/palm on the
counter. Seasoned musicians are able
get a steady and groove-worthy beat
nothing more than a counter top.
From my personal experiments in
drumming and watching others, I figure
30 different parts of the hands are used
for different sounds, rolls, etc. My idea is
to implant trigers at these 30 diferent
places and implant a small MIDI jack in
gloves to allow this counter drumming to
control a digital drum brain. These
(existing) brains, or keyboards for that
matter, are capable of progamming what
sounds will be triggered by which pad
so on. A chord key system could
potentially be implemented to add even
more tonal posibilities.
The 30 different triggers would be (one
1 on the pad of each of the four fingers.
1 on the knuckle of the thumb (placed so
that if you made a thumbs up and
rotated your hand to impact the counter
with your thumb it would hit the trigger)
1 on each of the first and second
of the four fingers
1 on the heel of the hand where it meets
1 on the fleshy pad below the pinky
when you make a fist.
Cornell Seniors have Baked it for me
Those Bastards. They got slack on the sensors though. They only used 8. [bleh, May 08 2010]
Andrew Huang plays with a very similar idea
[bleh, Jul 24 2019]
||I'm neither drummer nor musician and I want a pair.
||I think this is possibly my best received
idea. amazing. thanks!
||//"... but I was just typing an email with
my virtual keyboard gloves. Grrr, forgot
to turn off drum synth mode again."\\
||I'm a bass player, so i was thinking one
could be worn on the right hand when
playing slap-style to accompany
yourself on drums. I typically hit with
my thumb where the kick would be
anyway, and I pop with my index finger
when the snare would hit.
||I would be cool to see what other day to
day dexterous activities would sound
like with the trigger gloves though. you
could wear them all day with a pack to
record the MIDI data and then hook it
up to a computer for playback.
||Some thieving bastard got shot down on
american inventor last night with
something very similar to this. His didn't
have nearly enough triggers and it had
built in (bad) sounds instead of controlling
an external device.
||Maybe he thought of it independently,
either way, I'm a little bitter. At least he got
||Did it make getting shot down sounds? Don't be bitter. Better that he crashes and burns and you learn from his mistakes.
||You don't want to be the first guy through the minefield. My experience is that it's best to be third.
||//You don't want to be the first guy through the minefield.
My experience is that it's best to be third.//
||Well, I guess I should get started then. Looks like the second
contender has made a set <linky>.