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McDonald’s in the Netherlands lets you DJ with your placemat

Move over, collecting stickers off your Coke to try to win Monopoly. Dutch McDonald’s customers can DJ using a combination of their phone and a placemat.

McDonalds McTrax from This Page Amsterdam on Vimeo.

How does it work? Think conductive ink – the basics of electronics and resistive circuits (and, of course, something you can do with paper, too). Add the smartphone, and you get some fairly decent features:

  • Trigger loops
  • Play effects
  • Control tempo
  • Record samples

The project is the work of interactive studio This Page Amsterdam, in conjunction with the agency TBWA/Neboko. The latter are responsible for “disruptieve ideeen voor merken als Albert Heijn.” (I’m not sure what disruptive things happen in an Albert Heijn – that’s a Dutch supermarket – but there you go. I’ll be ready the next time tomatoes start singing to me when I enter the produce section.)

This Page Amsterdam have some serious projects, too. They’ve used VR to create empathy for the refugee experience, and worked with neuroscientists to help kids stay away from toxic toys. Here, the client might be a fast food joint, but it’s nice to see they’ve still put some heart in the work as far as inspiring creativity. (And this is the country that can consume bitterballen on a regular basis and live – I’m sure they’ll bike off that Happy Meal, no worries.)

More:
http://thispage.amsterdam/mctrax/, via AdWeek

Engadget wonders where the American McDonald’s is on this. Our guess: cheesy-fast food dance music will lag behind in America by several years, until the Yankees catch on to the Dutch star. Not that that’s ever happened before. Cough.

Thanks, Francis!

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McDonald’s in the Netherlands lets you DJ with your placemat

Move over, collecting stickers off your Coke to try to win Monopoly. Dutch McDonald’s customers can DJ using a combination of their phone and a placemat.

McDonalds McTrax from This Page Amsterdam on Vimeo.

How does it work? Think conductive ink – the basics of electronics and resistive circuits (and, of course, something you can do with paper, too). Add the smartphone, and you get some fairly decent features:

  • Trigger loops
  • Play effects
  • Control tempo
  • Record samples

The project is the work of interactive studio This Page Amsterdam, in conjunction with the agency TBWA/Neboko. The latter are responsible for “disruptieve ideeen voor merken als Albert Heijn.” (I’m not sure what disruptive things happen in an Albert Heijn – that’s a Dutch supermarket – but there you go. I’ll be ready the next time tomatoes start singing to me when I enter the produce section.)

This Page Amsterdam have some serious projects, too. They’ve used VR to create empathy for the refugee experience, and worked with neuroscientists to help kids stay away from toxic toys. Here, the client might be a fast food joint, but it’s nice to see they’ve still put some heart in the work as far as inspiring creativity. (And this is the country that can consume bitterballen on a regular basis and live – I’m sure they’ll bike off that Happy Meal, no worries.)

More:
http://thispage.amsterdam/mctrax/, via AdWeek

Engadget wonders where the American McDonald’s is on this. Our guess: cheesy-fast food dance music will lag behind in America by several years, until the Yankees catch on to the Dutch star. Not that that’s ever happened before. Cough.

Thanks, Francis!

The post McDonald’s in the Netherlands lets you DJ with your placemat appeared first on cdm createdigitalmusic.

New App Turns Android Phone Into A Vintage Drum Machine

Click here to view the embedded video.

This is an Android application called Silicon Oxide that simulates an old analog, preset-based drum machine like the Korg Mini Pops 7, used in synth classics from the 1970’s.

No samples used, all instruments are played using software-modeled oscillators, filters and envelope generators.

via cmatsuoka:

The strangeness in the bass drum sound is an artifact from Youtube conversion, it’s not in the original audio.