Login

Turn any object into an instrument with 'Sound Pegs'

sound-clips.0.png

(Nick Brennan)

As a child, you may have been pretty proud of yourself for making your own chimes out of drinking glasses filled with varying levels of water. But that pales in comparison to "Sound Pegs," the new percussion instrument devised by London designer Nick Brennan: simple wooden clips that attach to and turn virtually any common household object – from books to plants to Christmas decorations – into a drum.

Sound Pegs work by clipping onto an object and detecting the vibrations that result from hitting said object with a drumstick. The vibrations are passed through wires to a small computer, which assigns each vibration pattern its own unique sound. The sounds are played back in realtime through a portable speaker system, giving the musician a fully responsive experience.

This certainly isn't the first time that we've seen inventive minds come up with simple ways to make music from everyday objects, but it's always wonderful to watch. Some musicians have even made some incredible work with nothing but a contact mic setup like this and a set of vegetables, and you can try another similar system for yourself thanks to a new Kickstarter project.

If you want to see Sound Pegs in action, though, Brennan's posted two videos so you can watch and listen. Sure, the sounds can often be strange and disarming, and Sound Pegs may not show up on stage at a concert anytime soon, but you have to admit, they're way more advanced than your air guitar.

The Verge
X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.
Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.