Playtronica’s MIDI Turns Vegetables Into Instruments

Berlin-based creative studio Playtronica unveils its newest innovation, a MIDI device that turns “organic materials and mostly anything that has water inside” into instruments. That means tapping onto the skins of fruits, vegetables and even body parts will produce different notes and samples can be swapped in for the standard sounds, too. The kit can be used with up to 16 objects (attached using included …

LUMI, the Smart Piano Instructor

With an illuminated keyboard and an accompanying app, ROLI's newest device helps you master the instrument your own way

LUMI teaches you to play the piano by tapping into nostalgia and memory. Using songs you know and love (their library includes pop hits and indie gems), you’re led through each note sheet with familiar, almost video game-like instructions. As the notes flow toward you, you’re instructed to hit the appropriate key as each one appears at the foot of the screen. This simple, clever …

Shawn Wasabi: Marble Soda

Music producer (and MIDI controller magician) Shawn Wasabi makes a comeback after almost a year with the intensely stimulating “Marble Soda,” a mash-up of samples culled from 153 different songs and sounds. In the video, Wasabi’s fingers fly over a custom-made 64 button controller as he twists his hands to press up to six to seven buttons simultaneously—and reminding viewers of the mastery and hours …