Motion - Mixed Up (2009)

Mixed Up is a collection of appliances designed for the DJ who feels as comfortable in the kitchen as well as behind turntables. They bring out the flavors and colors of the culinary world and feed them down your ear canals in a way you have never seen or heard before.

Original Hamsters – the company behind these unique appliances – is working on a number of instruments in their secret facilities in Montreal and Rovaniemi. The first two have now been leaked out. The Beat Blender and the Mixmaster 1200.

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The Beat Blender

Have you ever wondered what a banana mixed with a strawberry sounds like? Or how about kiwi-watermelon puree?

fruit closeup

Beat Blender is a remixing instrument that takes blending tracks and chopping up samples quite literally. Select your favourite fruit, insert it into the Blender and hear what it sounds like. Add as many fruit as you want and select the blending mode from 10 different options:

  • Stir
  • Puree
  • Whip
  • Grate
  • Mix
  • Chop
  • Grind
  • Blend
  • Liquefy
  • Frappé

How does it work?

  • Arduino for brains
  • RFID reader
  • Different kinds of fruit made out of felt
  • RFID tags inside the fruit
  • Max/MSP for converting the serial data to MIDI
  • Ableton Live for playback
  • Mad skills to pay the bills

Mixmaster 1200

The Mixmaster 1200 is a wireless scratching device for the turntablist who prefers to deliver his/her scratches like a 5 star chef. As you can see, the Mixmaster does not have any beaters attached to it. This is because it has small laser powered plasma emitter beaters that actually heat up the airwaves around the device itself producing the unique sounding aural explosions.

mixmaster

In real life, it is actually just an Arduino with an accelerometer and a bluetooth modem. You move the Mixmaster from left to right to scratch the sample like you would do on a record. The button on top acts as a crossfader and cuts the sound in and out.

Stay tuned for more information.

Links and media

The Beat Blender on YouTube