Transforming everyday objects into musical Instruments: Bruno Zamborlin at TEDxBrussels

  • Published on Nov 14, 2012
  • Bruno Zamborlin is a technologist, researcher, musician and designer. He's been working on a joint PhD in computational technologies between Paris and London, exploring new methods for gestural interaction and its applications in performing arts and the creation of new musical instruments. Bruno is interested in the topic of Interactive Machine Learning and the possibility of allowing the artist to interact with the entire supervised learning process and the creation and design of his own gesture vocabulary. The early results of this research is Mogees, which uses contact microphones to turn any touchable surface into a musical instrument. Bruno made a video illustrating Mogees that's had more then 300,000 views, furthering his mission to open up gestural vocabulary to impromptu actions and personalisation.

    In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

Comments • 54

  • Gravity yt
    Gravity yt Year ago

    He seams so scared he is going to mess up 😳

  • hgahah ajhjahe
    hgahah ajhjahe Year ago

    you missed the point that music isnt supposed to be BORING

  • Saroj Rai
    Saroj Rai Year ago


  • Devin du Plessis
    Devin du Plessis 2 years ago

    I was head banging so hard to this I think I'm going to need a chiropractor.

  • Udo Matthias drums
    Udo Matthias drums 2 years ago

    like it!!

  • Pablo D.M. Fontana
    Pablo D.M. Fontana 2 years ago

    Tracklist?... C'mon!... Please!...

  • Itz Kuru
    Itz Kuru 2 years ago

    This is probably the best thing I have seen

    BILLCADDY 2 years ago


  • G
    G 3 years ago

    what cord did u use for the table

  • Renard
    Renard 3 years ago

    damn he's nervous

    TRAPIX 3 years ago

    fascinating and fun, wonderful thanks

  • Charlie North
    Charlie North 3 years ago +5

    ...or you could just download the Impaktor app for iPhone and hook it up to a contact mic. This is NOT new information or technology. Looks like a nice guy, but come on, you can already do this on an iPhone. Not to mention this sort of tech has been kicking around in DAW software for years.

  • Ranura Vacía
    Ranura Vacía 3 years ago +26

    tune your bycicle dude

  • Adi Satrio
    Adi Satrio 3 years ago

    That's kinda trippy tho.. and i enjoy it. well done!! gbu

  • Vamsee Krishna
    Vamsee Krishna 3 years ago +1

    frank zappa played the cycle way better and musically :P

  • Nick C
    Nick C 4 years ago +2

    Horrible speaker, took way to long to say the same things over and over, entirely unrehearsed, the idea is useless, the notes didn't change with the location of the taps as he would have you believe (the notes changed themselves after every tap), please don't give these people your money.

    • hifijohn
      hifijohn 2 years ago

      you just described most of these tedx speakers

    • Fran Reynoso
      Fran Reynoso 3 years ago +1

      +Mick Donalds , the system analyzes using the Fourier transform not fundamental frecuencies.

  • ELTORO619
    ELTORO619 4 years ago +1

    they should of used a better speaker. awesome idea

  • Muhammad Surga Savero
    Muhammad Surga Savero 4 years ago +4

    seems like most of you never taking a trip with a shroom.. you wouldnt understand until you are in trance, every single notes of every fucking type of music means so much, just as marley said in his music "one good thing about music, when it hit you, you feel no pain"

  • Fourshot
    Fourshot 4 years ago

    so many people are racist, ignorant and impatient, this is amazing yet no views! id advise to watch the whole thing its worth it

  • Chris K
    Chris K 4 years ago +36

    Wow he's REALLY nervous

    • Calming
      Calming Year ago +3

      I'm sorry. What is your Ted talk on?

    • Thebird cried
      Thebird cried 2 years ago

      Ya, that's what I thought.

    • Lake Reynolds
      Lake Reynolds 3 years ago +7

      OR.... he is foreign and english isnt his first language but you do you

  • Kiro
    Kiro 4 years ago

    is there some where i can get one

    JELLY DENG 4 years ago +1

    u know what i really hate is when someone ask 'what is the point of it?'

    DONFREDO 4 years ago +1

    To people asking what is this point of this crap ? These people don't need a useful point, they are just perpetually trying to find ways of stuffing ever more potentially invasive and obnoxious technology into people's everyday lives for the sake of it. There's no serious utility in this stuff. It's self-perpetuating junk.

  • MorFIEND Beatz
    MorFIEND Beatz 4 years ago

    This is one of the most lamest things I have ever seen. There is no point what so ever to this. All they did was play annoying sounds that had no rhythm or anything to it. I feel sorry for that audience for what they wasted their time to see. I would be embarrassed to have been up on stage doing that crap. We're suppose advance in technology intelligence etc and what I just saw was a big step backwards and an insult to this generation. Grrrrrrrrrrrrr smh. But good try though (;

    • estoniaman
      estoniaman 4 years ago

      Music for one apartment and six trummers is a good example, how it could be done instead (without electronics in that case)

  • violinoamore
    violinoamore 5 years ago

    What is the point of that ? There are already so many great sophisticated music instruments. Just to play beautiful music on them is required .... To create some sounds on bicycle or plate makes no sense to me ... apart from children game

    • violinoamore
      violinoamore 4 years ago

      @violinoamore Any decent dedicated music instrument sounds much better than this fun - which is just fun ... (and quite complicated fun)

    • violinoamore
      violinoamore 4 years ago

      @Finn McCormack - CH Because real music instrument created by special manufacturers sound much better. Why should you limit yourself to driving a car invented and made by somebody else ? Create your own and drive.

    • Bono Music
      Bono Music 5 years ago

      "Bruno is interested in the topic of Interactive Machine Learning and the possibility of allowing the artist to interact with the entire supervised learning process and the creation and design of his own gesture vocabulary."

    • Martin L. Sörensen
      Martin L. Sörensen 5 years ago +1

      cuz it's cool!

  • Giuseppe Auddino
    Giuseppe Auddino 5 years ago

    Excellent idea!!!

  • Devis Vecchi
    Devis Vecchi 5 years ago +5

    Amazing ... Italian genius ;)

    • Michael Scofield
      Michael Scofield 5 years ago

      You, sir, are much better at using Google than I am. I think I must have connected him to Brussels. Silly mistake on my part. :)

    • Devis Vecchi
      Devis Vecchi 5 years ago

      @Quentin Karper have you ever used google search? :).. if you don't speak italian .. you can use google traslate... read this..

    • Michael Scofield
      Michael Scofield 5 years ago

      Well he's not Italian.. He's Belgian.

  • Deter Pinklage
    Deter Pinklage 5 years ago

    Holy shit, did this guy eat peanut butter before coming on stage? Couldn't watch more than a minute because of those fucking lip smacking sounds.

  • cardboardmusic
    cardboardmusic 5 years ago

    Yes, I agree with @Achiox this is a little bit silly. In reality this already exists, and can be used on any resonate surface - the bike is just a diversion, as you see with the table top. The main difference is the how much a surface vibrates, enabling you to cover wider frequency ranges, or other parameters (sound choices etc).

  • dchae
    dchae 5 years ago +2

    When the other guy was playing the front wheel's spokes, is it just me or did the notes not change? He changed to other spoke and other gestures... but I kept hearing the rhythmic bass notes...

  • makingnoises
    makingnoises 5 years ago

    For everyone who wants one, he has a kickstarter right now:

  • SamuraiOfTheNorth
    SamuraiOfTheNorth 5 years ago

    Why isnt this available to public? I WANT THIS APP!!! NOW!!!

  • Nooby Pvp
    Nooby Pvp 6 years ago

    not for sale :(

  • Zakah
    Zakah 6 years ago +1

    this turned into a very abstract music show very fast.

  • Alberto Bidarra
    Alberto Bidarra 6 years ago

    I almost fell from my seat:::I WANT ONE!

  • Pastor PR
    Pastor PR 6 years ago

    He used a app for that! What app is? I have the mic!

  • Zack Gomez
    Zack Gomez 6 years ago

    It's not like you can buy one. You need to BUILD one. Do some research and do it.

  • Enigma10E23
    Enigma10E23 6 years ago

    shut up and take my money!

  • Halo Gen
    Halo Gen 7 years ago

    Amazing! Now where can i buy one ^-^