The latest drum machine probably isn’t one you’ll be using to add percussion to your next tune. The company has teamed up with designer Love Hulten to raise awareness of congenital heart defects.
The has four modules that generate rhythms based on the echocardiogram (ECG) scans of four children with heart defects. The scan results revealed the shape, tempo and BPM of her heartbeats, Teenage Engineering said. It added the data to a four-track circular sequencer. The patterns can be played together or individually to create sounds that illustrate “every child’s irregular heartbeat.” A video gives an impression of the immersive soundscapes the machine can create:
“Drum machines are defined by order—beats, tempo, and rhythm,” Hulten said. “This machine disrupts that system, just as life is disrupted when a child is born with a congenital heart defect.” The device also features an OLED screen that displays audio and beat similar to a proper EKG machine.
It’s undoubtedly an art project, but it’s a fascinating project that raises awareness of an important issue. If you’re lucky and have enough pockets, you might be able to add CHD-4 to your collection. It will be auctioned on Valentine’s Day (February 14), with all proceeds going to the Swedish Heartchild Foundation.
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