When I was a kid, my Dad used to make these awesome mix-tapes for long car rides. What I remember as fondly as the eclectic mixes of Rolling Stones, Jean-Michelle Jarre, Stevie Wonder and Queen, was the way my Dad used the steering wheel and dash as his personal conga kit. He would tap out these crazy but groovy rhythms with his hands, and I remember him just being in the moment – enjoying every beat. I guess the apple didn’t fall from the tree. Today, I pretty much tap beats on anything. I suppose that’s why I took a liking to beat boxing, hand drums, the cajon and I have to shout out the Roland Handsonic too. Even on the subway, I jam on my jeans in order to be in my own moment. But what if I could make my jeans an instrument? If every finger could be a drum stick, if every tap could express what’s happening in the drum circle of my mind? And what possibilities would that unlock for anyone who is unable to play traditional instruments?
Enter DrumPants, the sensor pads that turn you into a walking instrument. Truly, the possibilities seem endless in how these could empower any artist into creating their own rhythm-scape. More importantly however, is the potential DrumPants and sensors like this could have in people performing both in the studio, on stage, and in everyday life. Tappur is currently working on accessibility solutions for the sensors. This could add new dimensions to the way people interact with their environment. Communication in music and in life? We at Music Without Barriers say “YES PLEASE”! Check out this awesome article on how this tech can smash barriers and let it inspire you. Turn your jeans into an instrument, a voice, the producer of your own laser light show and even give you new possibilities at interacting with the world! That’s how you #smashbarriers.