Love Hultén’s Newest Creation, D-Symbiote, Ties a Ferrofluid Visualizer Right into a Deton8 Drum Machine

Swedish technologist, artist, and musician Love Hultén has given a Twisted Electrons Deton8 drum machine a visible overhaul — by integrating a sound-responsible ferrofluid visualizer into its design, creating the “D-Symbiote.”

“[I was] impressed by [fellow artist and technologist DADK Jung of] BurnSlap and his ferrofluid speaker,” Hultén writes of the mission — which rehouses a Twisted Electrons Deton8 sample-based drum machine in a brand new picket housing with carry-handle and room for the star of the present: a ferrofluid visualizer which dances to the beat.

This drum machine can mesmerize, due to an built-in ferrofluid visualization show. (📹: Love Hultén)

Ferrofluid is, when left to itself, a considerably unremarkable thick, darkish liquid which sits there passively — till uncovered to a magnetic subject, at which level the ferrous particles held in suspension are attracted accordingly. Alter the magnetic subject, and you’ll alter the form of the liquid; tie the magnetic subject to music, and you have got a mesmerising approach to visualize sound.

The Deton8 is a drum machine utilizing vintage-style eight-bit samples and wavetable synthesis in a compact, USB and MIDI-compatible housing — however lacks any visualization capabilities of its personal, bar indicator lights on its soft-touch buttons. Hultén’s model retains these buttons and extends the management knobs to succeed in out from a custom-built picket housing — with its handle-cum-kickstand evoking classic boomboxes.

To the proper is a window which exposes the ferrofluid, sitting idle whereas the system is unpowered then bursting into life whereas the Deton8 retains a beat. A rear-facing speaker makes the entire thing standalone, and means you may each hear and see what is going on on. The ferrofluid can be the supply of the gadget’s identify: in movement, it seems so much just like the Venom symbiote acquainted to followers of Spider-Man.

Extra data on the mission is accessible within the above video and on Hultén’s web site.

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