BeatBearing sequencer

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BeatBearing sequencer


Peter Bennett, a PhD student at the Sonic Arts Research Center in Belfast, made this sequencer that you program with ball bearings. It has four tracks: kick, snare, hi-hat, and cowbell. – [via] Link.

14 thoughts on “BeatBearing sequencer

  1. Brandon says:

    I want that

  2. EJ says:

    Very cool, but it needs more cowbell.

  3. Dirkus says:

    I’ve got a fever… and the only cure is MORE COWBELL.

    Seriously though, if I had one of these on my desk I would NEVER get any work done.

  4. Tom says:

    I think that would be something cool to make. I’m just curious on how he made the red line running across the board. Is that a laser or LEDs ?

  5. Gav says:


    I think the whole display is sitting on one of those interactive tables (made from a concealed IR camera and video projector). The line (and the circular ‘thumps’ as it makes as it passes the ball bearings) is an animation from the computer.


  6. samurai1200 says:

    that is phenomenal! if only this was made into a 16-step version (for 2 bars, or 16th notes), then it would be truly useful and freaking fun to play with. also, i think it could use a little more cowbell.

  7. Anonymous says:

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Becky Stern is a Content Creator at Autodesk/Instructables, and part time faculty at New York’s School of Visual Arts Products of Design grad program. Making and sharing are her two biggest passions, and she's created hundreds of free online DIY tutorials and videos, mostly about technology and its intersection with crafts. Find her @bekathwia on YouTube/Twitter/Instagram.

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