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Make Music With Your Mobile Device Using Mogees

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Do you like drumming your fingers on your desk, the steering wheel or just about any surface? This device will turn your simple play into sweet music.

The Mogees can turn?any object into a musical instrument. Bruno Zamborlin, a musician who performs with British experimental dance group?Plaid?and the creator of the app, launched?a Kickstarter campaign?last month to officially make his?device known to the public.

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To make a musical instrument out of anything, users must attach the circular sensor at the end of the stethoscope-like device to the surface of any object. After that, users should?plug the Mogees into a mobile device’s headphone jack and connect their headphones to the gadget to listen to the sounds they will create. Wondering how it works? It basically has?a small, specialized sensor called a “piezo-transducer.” It converts the vibration produced by tapping any physical object into an electric signal. That signal is then sent to the mobile device connected and running the Mogees app. The signal will be turned into music automatically.

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There are different options to help users determine how a particular object sounds once the vibrations are converted. There is also a free mode where the user can change scales and keys and improvise pieces of music. Another would-be favorite setting for users is the song mode, which lets the users tap along with their favorite songs. Pretty cool, huh?

This will not only provide users with a fun, plug-and-play experience, but it can also be used as an effective tool for music education. “I have done several workshops in primary schools in the UK, using Mogees to teach key aspects of sound and music in the national curriculum, and the results have been terrific,” Zamborlin said. “Kids really learned concepts about vibrations and acoustic properties of materials in a brand new, interactive and natural way. Mogees is not just an instrument for musicians ? it’s a tool for music discovery that everyone should have fun in using.”

The Kickstarter campaign will run through to March 19, with prices starting from ?40 or $67. Zamborlin said that the first iOS models will ship around August.

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