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Technological Surrealism / Alec Nerds Out


The MIDI Drum Keyboard allows the user to type on the computer using the drum set as an input device. Various combinations of drum triggers correspond to selected keys.

This project establishes an unlikely connection between the mechanics of typing and those of percussion, permitting the user to simultaneously write a letter and practice drumming.

This opens up fertile territory for performative mixing of the two activities: performing poetry through percussion; steganography in music; and simultaneous performance of percussion and vocals via speech synthesis.


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