Two self-professed oddballs from Europe have democratised making music, by creating a way of making music, just by bouncing a ball.
“Imagine if you could cram a drum machine into a ball. Well that’s what Oddballs are,” explains Pasquale Totaro, co-founder.
“The Oddball app allows you to have complete control of the sounds you play. With expansive audio libraries you can choose between traditional drums, electronic, or any other ‘Odd’ sound under the sun. You can loop your beats to make complex, intricate tunes, you can play over your favourite artists and play with multiple balls. Because Oddball is inherently shareable, the app will have it’s own social environment, where you can post your latest beats and share them with your community,” he says.
“One of the fun things with Oddball is you can play with friends,” adds fellow cofounder Nathan Webb.
The Oddball behaves as a percussion instrument. Every time you bounce it off a surface, sensors at the heart of the ball ‘speak’ to the app via Bluetooth to trigger a sound through your phone, headphones or any speakers you connect. Oddball is pressure sensitive, the harder you bounce the ball the more intense the sound, the lighter you bounce it the more delicate.
There is a demonstration of how it works in this video:
The Oddballs believe playing a musical instrument can be pretty elitist, whether it is due to lack of space, money for instruments or lessons.
“On average, only one in 10 people picked up an instrument last year. However music is loved universally – everybody listens to music, but not everybody feels like they can really enjoy making music. We want to make laying down a beat easy, playful and fun for everybody.”
Making beats with Oddball is easy, intuitive and fun. And you can make music wherever you are, indoors or out, given it is connected by Bluetooth to an app.
Oddballs are available for US$65 or £48 pre-release.
Webb and Totaro met at the Royal College of Art. Whilst studying design products there, they discovered a mutual passion for making objects that spark people’s imagination and create a sense of wonder in the everyday. Totaro has a background in product design and engineering. He studied Mechanical Engineering at MIT. He also has experience working with some of the most forward thinking companies including Apple. Webb has a background in visual communication and is a multi award-winning graphic designer, with 10 years experience. During his time he has worked with Uber, Apple and the BBC.