Get This Silent Drum Concept to Trent Reznor, Now!

It's a shame Nine Inch Nails isn't touring anymore. Their concerts, while an acquired taste for some, were always a spectacle, replete with one-of-a-kind technological marvels, and I could totally see Silent Drum at the forefront should they return.

This project is the work of Peruvian Jaime Oliver, and it plays a haunting industrial tune thanks in part to the malleable surface at the top. A side-mounted camera tracks depressions and movement in the skin, and then translates them into sound.


And it's an eerie sound to be sure, like a humpback whale got lost in an industrial maze in the middle of a Hocico music video shoot. Haunting stuff. Don't play before bed. [Jaime Oliver via DVICE]

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Is it really a drum? I suppose I could look up the definition of a drum, but to me this really doesn't seem like a percussion instrument.