Meet Oddball, the strangest drum machine concept you’re likely to see all year.
Drum machines come in all shapes and sizes. Browser-based emulators and shrunken classic instruments have made the drum machine increasingly accessible and portable, but the format has remained largely the same, rarely straying from the step-sequenced box of pads, buttons and knobs that’s been applied by top instrument manufacturers for decades.
Oddball is the new instrument that makes your machine drumming more…active. Featuring a full drum machine crammed inside a ball, it simplifies and adds playfulness to the process of writing beats. While most electronic instruments require extensive manual reading and head-scratching, all you have to do to get started with Oddball is bounce it, hit it or do whatever else you would normally do with a ball to it.
The ball acts as a pressure-sensitive percussion trigger, so you can play harder or more delicate sounds depending on how hard you bounce it. The information from Oddball is sent to a mobile app, where it can be looped, reshaped and warped with effects. Oddball also works as a MIDI controller, so you can apply its intuitive, cable-free workflow to any software instrument or synthesizer.
While it may look like a toy, Oddball is a refreshing instrument that may lead the charge in getting electronic music production off of hardware-crammed desks and into more dynamic and performative environments. Check out their Kickstarter for more information here.