Korg's Cliphit Turns Whatever's In Reach Into an Instant Drum Kit

With a pair of drumsticks (or pencils) and a good imagination, anything can be turned into an impromptu drum kit. But Korg doesn't want you to have to settle for imaginary sounds, or your terrible beatboxing skills. Its new Cliphit uses three cabled clips that attach and turn almost anything into drum pads that… » 9/04/14 11:50am 9/04/14 11:50am

Remote Control Drumming Toy Keeps the Beat Without Any Electronics

If you've lost count of how many times you'd wished you could've drummed along to a song with a set of remote controls in your hands instead of drumsticks, here's an adorably-odd toy called Mr. Knocky that does the actual drumming for you—without electronics, batteries, or incompatibilities with your OS of choice. » 8/11/14 3:11pm 8/11/14 3:11pm

Dad makes crazy sound effects by playing drums on his kid's back

Let's not freak out, guys. It's a kid and his dad having fun. The dad, who is in the band Atticus Avenue, uses his kid's back to play the drums and ends up creating some awesome sound effects and a fun drum beat because of the combination of squeaks, squeals and laughter coming from his kid. » 6/04/14 11:40pm 6/04/14 11:40pm

Glowing Sticks and Long Exposures Turn Drumming Into a Visual Feast

It can be mesmerizing watching a talented drummer beat away on a set of skins, but even more so when they're sitting in the middle of a long-exposure camera rig with a pair of glowing drumsticks in hand. What's usually a blur of arms and sticks suddenly becomes an intricate web of mid-air streaks and squiggles that… » 4/03/14 7:00pm 4/03/14 7:00pm

This Bionic Drummer Arm Is Like Def Leppard 2.0

Like Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen who lost his arm in an accident but kept on performing, aspiring drummer Jason Barnes didn't let losing his right arm two years ago deter him from realizing his dream. He built a crude prosthetic using springs that allowed him to keep on drumming, but after enrolling at the Atlanta… » 3/06/14 9:41am 3/06/14 9:41am

Drums can sound completely different depending on where they're played

Wow, this is really cool. Audio Zéro recently made a video called Wikidrummer that shows how the same song on drums can sound completely different depending on where the drums are played. Out in the field, on a road, underneath a highway, inside a garage, in the park and so on can change the overall feel of the drums… » 12/06/13 1:03am 12/06/13 1:03am

Build This Tiny Drum Machine and Rock Out Like It's 1984

They're still in use by musicians today, but those full-size electronic drum pads seemed to have hit their peak with consumers sometime in the mid-80s, alongside Casio's ubiquitous electronic keyboards. But if you're feeling nostalgic, and handy with a soldering iron, this miniature DIY modern alternative won't end… » 5/28/13 4:40pm 5/28/13 4:40pm

A Miracle of Editing Turns These Kids Into Virtuoso Drummers

Simon Panrucker turned his two nieces—and himself dressed in a creepy cape—into amazing drummers with video editing. Yes, that means that these adorable little girls can't actually play drums like Bonham. » 4/12/13 2:20pm 4/12/13 2:20pm

Relationships Perfectly Summed Up In a Drumming Duel

When you've been in a relationship a while, you and your partner develop a natural rhythm for your day-to-day interactions: which is perfectly encapsulated in this drummer versus drummer performance featuring Charlene deGuzman and Miles Crawford. It's also a pretty good representation of every text conversation… » 2/12/13 8:20am 2/12/13 8:20am

This Lego Drum Machine Turns Bricks Into Beats

If you're more adept at playing with blocks than fiddling with a bunch of knobs and buttons, then you might need Mark Crosbie's SoundMachine. This sequencer lets you assemble a funky Midi beat using nothing but Lego—and maybe a crude sense of rhythm. » 10/29/12 5:40pm 10/29/12 5:40pm

Can You Really Bang Out a Wicked Drum Solo at 65 MPH?

We're not sure about the provenance of this totally bad-ass BMW motorcycle outfitted with a drum kit side car. It could be from a custom builder who loves percussion as much as they do biking, or just a marketing stunt waiting to go viral. » 6/18/12 12:20pm 6/18/12 12:20pm

Portable Drumpad Saves You From Smashing Your Phone's Display

There's no shortage of drumming apps and games for the iPhone and iPad, but who wants to risk damaging their device's display during an epic drum solo? That has to be the reason Dream Cheeky created this compact iDrum kit that lets you bang away without breaking your touchscreen toys. » 5/17/12 7:20pm 5/17/12 7:20pm

The Most Mesmerizing Drum Solo Committed to Video

I love a good drum solo: it's chance for an often-overlooked musician to throw themselves into the limelight. But combine it with motion-tracking software to create a living art work, and a solo becomes truly mesmerizing. » 1/23/12 4:06am 1/23/12 4:06am

This Guy Can Play Drums On Thin Air

This is not some guitar hero hack. Maayan Migdal hacked together this cool drum kit that uses his sandals and a pair of freaking garden rakes to make his sound. » 7/31/11 10:20am 7/31/11 10:20am

Portable Korg Wavedrum Mini Turns Random Surfaces Into a Drum Kits

The Korg Wavedrum Mini is exactly what it looks like: A portable synthetic drum machine that plays the usual litany of percussion sounds and beats on the go. What's interesting beyond that is the tiny clip. » 4/09/11 8:00pm 4/09/11 8:00pm

A Kid Turned His Jeans Into a Pair of Drums

This kid is genius! Aseem Mishra, a 17-year-old Brit, designed a pair of jeans that could be used as a drum kit. So when he wears his jeans and starts drumming his lap, well, it sounds like the drums. » 3/30/11 1:20pm 3/30/11 1:20pm

Sound Activated Drum Light Would Make a Banging Bat Signal

This may look like any other snare drum, and it is—with one important difference. When you bop this one, the sound makes it light up the sky. » 7/27/10 8:00pm 7/27/10 8:00pm

Guitar Hero 5 Official Drumset Has More Realistic Cymbals

The official Guitar Hero 5 drumset has finally been unveiled! And it's...it's... exactly like the last one, except with rounder, Rock Band-y cymbals. No price yet, but it ought to be cheaper than Logitech's. Full tracklist and more at Kotaku. » 7/16/09 7:23am 7/16/09 7:23am

Handy Guides for Repairing Guitar Hero Instruments

One modder posted a handful of guides for fixing common Guitar Hero instrument problems, like flaccid whammy bars and unresponsive drumheads. Worth a looksie even if you're only duct-tape-proficient. [PowerTunePlus via Ars via Lifehacker] » 4/27/09 1:00pm 4/27/09 1:00pm