Household objects become musical instruments
with Sound Pegs by Nick Brennan

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Books, records, plant pots and even shoes can be turned into musical instruments thanks to British designer Nick Brennan’s Sound Pegs device (+ slideshow).

Household objects become musical instruments with Sound Pegs by Nick Brennan

Camberwell College of Arts graduate Nick Brennan created a device that features a series of enlarged wooden pegs, two speakers and a converter that changes the vibrations into a digital signal.

Household objects become musical instruments with Sound Pegs by Nick Brennan

When the pegs are attached to any object, sensors inside the jaws can detect when the object is struck. The vibrations are then then passed to the converter, which feeds the signal to a laptop running Apple’s Garageband music software. The software triggers a sound, which is transmitted through the accompanying wood speakers.

Household objects become musical instruments with Sound Pegs by Nick Brennan

"I work a lot with electronics and also natural materials," explained Brennan. “I like to provide tactile experiences through my work.”

Household objects become musical instruments with Sound Pegs by Nick Brennan

Objects can be used to create drums, pianos, guitars or any instrument stored in the software.

Household objects become musical instruments with Sound Pegs by Nick Brennan

In a video demonstration, Brennan’s Sound Pegs are connected to shoes, books and old vinyl records that when struck sound like high hats, snares and kick drums.

Household objects become musical instruments with Sound Pegs by Nick Brennan

"I use Garageband, but it can be used with any music generation software," he said.

Household objects become musical instruments with Sound Pegs by Nick Brennan

Brennan admits that some experimentation is required to discover which objects can provide the best platforms for sound: "Flat objects work better, as they're easier for the pegs to grab onto."

Household objects become musical instruments with Sound Pegs by Nick Brennan

Brennan’s work follows in the footsteps of other designers who have used unexpected objects to generate sound: last year, London artist Di Mainstone developed an electronic instrument that enables performers to make music from the subtle vibrations of suspension bridge cables, and researchers in Canada designed a family of prosthetic musical instruments that create music in response to body gestures.

Household objects become musical instruments with Sound Pegs by Nick Brennan

  • pizzaface

    Um this is very basic contact mic usage. Sorry, but this is not new in any way.

    • Businessgypsy

      Agreed, but maybe the problem here is an over-generous reviewer describing the development of an instrument instead of the design of a housing for a system of existing components. The guy at the head of Apple was always getting ‘inventor’ accolades for being a pretty good creative director.

  • joe

    It’s like Yuri Suzuki’s Ototo project who actually did it after the one from MIT Makeymakey.

  • Jack

    Similar to Sam Weller’s project: http://www.samweller.co.uk/product/public-resonance/