Tokyoplastic’s Flash animations have won them widespread acclaim, including a Sundance Online award for their film drummachine. Their animation is hip, sexy, and centers around fabulous sound design with dramatic musical cues. Don’t miss the drum machine in particular — because nothing can compare with watching someone use their head as a mallet. To find it, you’ll have to do a little site navigation: click ‘enter tokyoplastic’ for the Flash site and then prepare to watch the user interface try to crawl away from you. Just be patient: find drummachine or poke around other bits of the site. So the interface elements have legs, literally. It’s worth the wait. Now if only we could convince them to turn it into a plugin version.


Of course, tokyoplastic doesn’t get the original credit for turning some creatures’ heads into drums. That goes to the character Marvin Suggs and his Amazing Muppephone. (Ah, the silky sounds of “Ow, ow, ow, ow, ow” . . . you had to see it.) Apparently Marvin and the Muppephones even made a recent appearance as an action figure.


Anyway, rip those piezo sensors out of an old drum machine, tape them to your head, and bang it against things — hard. Instant drum trigger. Connect it via MIDI, and you’re set! Let us know how it goes, if you can still focus on your computer screen.

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