We all tap our feet, our thighs, our chests, and the asses of the opposite sex if they are amenable to it anyway, so why not create an instrument that returns a more audible, rich, and percussive sound than that of flesh pounding flesh? That's exactly what Tyler Freeman wondered (OK, I may be paraphrasing his exact thoughts), and exactly why he began the process of creating DrumPants. DrumPants are the world's first industrial quality wearable musical instrument.
Here are some rad things DrumPants can do that might make you want them for insertion into your own pants:
- The DrumPants kit, a controller and two flexible strips, is loaded with over 100 built-in sounds, including drums, percussion, synthesizers, guitars, and pianos. Its app and personal device connectivity also allow musicians--and musical hacks who call themselves musicians--to make their own. An example of a musical hack is the 9-year-old who lives next door to my mama and guilts me into coming to his piano recital every year, where he, without fail, plays "Edelweiss". Maybe if Robbie had some DrumPants he could get a new schtick. Another example of a musical hack is Blake Shelton.
- DrumPants programming allows for non-musical actions too, such as controlling slideshow presentations, silencing a ringing phone, or serving as a remote for Netflix and YouTube videos with the slap of a leg or ribcage.
- DrumPants strips can bend and twist and velcro strap for installation on nearly any part of the body.
- When in use, DrumPants signals can be directed to any app that accepts MIDI or OSC.
- DrumPants function either aloud with the system's optional external speaker, or into the user's head phones with the controller's included headphone jack.
Read more about DrumPants and their music making/changing/revolutionizing potential, plus back the project and pledge for your own set of strips, on Kickstarter through January 10, 2014.