Alec Smecher has created a way to use the instrument in various combinations to form onscreen characters and letters.

Alec Smecher wanted to hone his drum skills and wondered if he could apply the dexterity he gets by spending his days typing to improve his drumming. He used a digital drum set, a midi to USB adapter, and a little bit of code to create a Midi Drum Keyboard that can input text into a program such as Open Office.

This helps to break associations and habits while drumming, and could also enable you to hide secret messages in your music. Smecher told Gizmag that he used various sources to come up with the drum combinations for the characters:

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