Earlier this week we wrote about how David Byrne is turning a building into an instrument; along a similar vein, Angel Olivares & Matthew Young have found a way to create music from suitcases.

The clickedy clack of wheels catching the cracks in sidewalks inspired the two designers to develop unique surfaces that produced music when wheeled bags are dragged over it.

Similar in concept to Nintendo’s Excitebike, the racing game that allowed players to customize racetracks with different ramps, the design team has created custom surfaces with various bumps and textures carefully spaced out.  When the wheels hit the bumps, they create beats that are picked up by contact microphones and run through Max/MSP programmable audio software to generate beats.

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