Teenage Engineering and designer Love Hultén have teamed up on a drum machine based on the heartbeats of children with Congenital Heart Disease for charity.
The one-of-a-kind semi-modular instrument, dubbed the Heart Beat Drum Machine, was created based on the echocardiograms of four children with congenital heart disease, taken from hospital check-ups.
The four ECGs were then turned into four-track circular sequencer using patterns from each ECG’s individual shape, pace, and BPM, and can be played separately or together to create unique rhythms.
The Heart Beat Drum Machine features a small OLED screen next – to the mute button – that displays the waveform and beats in real-time – like an actual ECG machine. The unit is also equipped with a ’70s-inspired patch bay and a compact display.
The Heart Beat Drum Machine was auctioned on Valentine’s Day 2023, with all proceeds donated to the Swedish Heartchild Foundation, however, a digitised version of the device can be tried out here.
More information about the Heart Beat Drum Machine can be found on its website.
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