Making digital music can typically be a mind-numbing expertise of endlessly turning dials and pushing buttons. To make the method extra fascinating, and to make it interesting to aspiring musicians, Belgium-based Atonal Circuits has created a 16-step sequencer that’s programmed by simply attaching Lego bricks.
The A02 Brick Sequencer options 4 tracks with 16 steps on every, however as a substitute of tiny light-up buttons indicating when samples are triggered, there are near 100 Lego-compatible studs on the sequencer (created from unofficial Lego plates) that every operate as particular person gentle sensors. When gentle is seen, the steps are inactive, however once they’re coated with a 1×1 Lego block, a pattern is triggered. Longer bricks can be used to activate a collection of steps if you happen to get bored with putting single stud bricks one after the other.
There’s even a row of studs that makes it simple to set out and in factors utilizing Lego bricks, if you happen to don’t want all 16 steps, however the enjoyable method does include some limitations. Initially it wants gentle, so putting in it in an particularly darkish and moody studio is likely to be problematic. It can be fooled if the lighting in a room is pulsing or flashing, so that you would possibly want to show off these animated LED gentle strips earlier than you begin composing.
The A02 Brick Sequencer is available through Tindie for $180, however you’ll want to provide your personal bricks and creativity.