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Virtual Drum Set Debuts at SIGGRAPH


Hyper Drumhead demonstration

Changing the dimensions or shape of the Hyper Drumhead on a touch screen changes the pitch or other aspects of its music.

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Engineer and musician Victor Zappi introduced a virtual percussion instrument co-developed with Professor Sidney Fels at the University of British Columbia at ACM's SIGGRAPH 2022 conference.

Fels describes the Hyper Drumhead as a "percussion surface that you can excite by touch. You draw shapes on the touch-screen surface, and you modify them to change the timbre and create all sorts of unique sound effects."

Musicians can load pre-recorded sound files into a connected computer, or they can inject live inputs such as vocals or guitar. Each audio source is assigned to a particular screen area and tweaking the shape's dimensions modifies the sound effects.

From University of British Columbia
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