The Urban Drum was one of our projects during the final year of Interactive Media Design at Edinburgh Napier University. Our installation is an interactive musical environment, simply an entertaining sound installation and is a prototype intended as addendum to a cityscape. The project was inspired by the initiatives like Stomp, DIY Arduino scene and mobile phones musical software. The Urban Drum consists of everyday city objects. They look ordinarily but these objects are actually musical instruments. Many musicians and artists proved that before e.g. the Stomp. But Stomp guys, in order to play the groovy rhythms, must go through a grueling training practicing many hours a day. What if you could do the whole Stomp, by yourself, straight away and without the risk of being arrested for vandalism? We didn't turn the bins, cons and road signs into drum instruments - they were like that already. What we have done goes further - we have turned them into a drum machine! We have created an instrument that allows experimenting with rhythms and acoustics in a city space by sequencing the music using a mobile device. Create a simple rhythm on our super simple sequencer, press play and listen how the part of your urban setting goes live playing back what you have just sequenced!

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