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on a Skoog

John Galloway does a brief review of the Skoog for Inspired, Issue 6 (March 2010).  

The Skoog is a cube about the size of a bucket of popcorn, on five sides of which are raised domes of different colours (the other side being the base). When hooked up to a computer it emulates different musical instruments, a flute, trumpet or drums, for instance.


The tone and pitch of the instrument is determined not only by which side is squeezed, but also by how much pressure is applied, and whether it is twisted as well. All of these are then configurable, so that even learners with limited physical abilities can get a range of responses. By using authentic instruments sounds, the Skoog allows people of any ability to join in and make music with, or without, trained musicians.