Ways of music-making have changed with the development of technology, music
is now often created digitally. The tools used for modern music-making are highly complex and
have a lot of intricate features. There is a high entry barrier, and this makes digital
musicmaking less accessible for beginners. The goal of this design project was to make a product
that allows people to get an engaging first encounter with digital music-making in an accessible
and appealing way. The result is DuoDrum.
DuoDrum is a drum sequencer that allows two people to create drum rhythms together. It has a tangible user interface which makes the interaction understandable and easy to use for people without any previous musical knowledge. Square token blocks can be placed on a grid in order to program a sequence. Each row can play a different type of drum sound, colored hexagonal blocks can be placed at the start of each row to choose what drum sounds to use.