XOXX Composer is a very special project. Axel Bluhme – its creator – wanted to show the hidden “engine” of classic drum machines by creating a ” […] tangible, kinetic, sculptural form. Wheels turn. Magnets trigger sounds. And in what looks like the love child of a 606 and a player piano, you get a mechanical take on patterned sound”. The XOXX will be presented at Ugly Duck in Bermondsey (London) in May, as part of a collaboration between Sonos and the Royal College of Art.
Here the project description from Vimeo:
Can you design a drum machine that does more than simply hide its workings inside an invisible box? XOXX Composer turns the inner functions of sampling, looping, and sequencing, into tangible, kinetic, sculptural form. Wheels turn. Magnets trigger sounds. The result is a mechanical take on patterned sound.
This project started with a curiosity to understand when and why people take their first steps into producing music and how we relate to rhythmic composition and construction in an electronic environment.
The goal is to inspire and allow exploration even though there might be lack of confidence or knowledge. Capture sounds from your surroundings or sample records, simply let curiosity and creativity lead the way to quickly create unique beats.
The physical interface is made up from eight rotating discs allowing the user to layer up to eight different sounds. Each set of eight discs are colour coded and each individual disc in the set has its own pattern so as to allow the user to create their own mental system and means of organising their sounds.
Every disc is quantised into four bars, which is indicated by the coloured lines on their faces, and each bar is divided into four steps. That means every disc has sixteen steps which allows the user to explore a variety of different music styles and degrees of complexity.
Retrieved from CreateDigitalMusic.
Find out more on Axel Bluhme on his website.