Wooden blocks used to control music

Musiblocks: make controlling your tunes child's play.
Musiblocks: make controlling your tunes child's play.

If you're bored of using buttons to control the playback and volume of your music, you'll be wanting to take a look at the Musiblocks.

The beating heart of a set of these is the control block. This actually plays your music and responds to the movements of the other blocks (these are simply wooden cubes containing tin conductors).

As blocks are stacked, the volume increases; turn a block and the music skips to the next track.

The video below probably explains things better - the Musiblocks almost seem like a lower-tech, music listeners' version of Percussa's Audio Cubes.

They're not in production at the moment, but if the demand for them is there, presumably there's a possibility that they could be in the future.

(Via Engadget, Yanko Design)

Ben Rogerson

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.