Brett Domino plays Hey Ya! on The Skoog, a new electronic instrument

The Skoog: a new kind of musical insturment.
The Skoog: a new kind of musical insturment.

We never need much of an excuse to feature our old friend Brett Domino on MusicRadar, but when he and regular collaborator Steven Peavis show up using a new musical instrument to cover OutKast's Hey Ya!, we've definitely got a good one.

Designed primarily for special needs music, music therapy and inclusive education, The Skoog is a soft, square, device that features five touch-sensitive surfaces (including five large coloured buttons). Each of these can be used to trigger a different type of sound; a range of physically modelled instruments is included for you to pick and choose from.

All the processing is done in software - The Skoog hooks up to your Mac or PC via USB - and the fact that there are sampling options means that you can use pretty much any sound you like.

We can certainly see the benefits of The Skoog, and because it can also work as a standard MIDI controller, it may have the potential to transcend its original target market. It costs £500 - find out more on the Skoogmusic website.

Ben Rogerson
Deputy Editor

I’m the Deputy Editor of MusicRadar, having worked on the site since its launch in 2007. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 24 of which I’ve also spent writing about music and the ever-changing technology used to make it.