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Create your own beats using the Rubik’s 808 Cube

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Don’t have the patience to solve the Rubik’s Cube? Now there’s a more fun way of using the iconic 80s puzzle, twisting it to make 808 drum beats in a new app from the Chrome Cube Lab.

The 808 Cube combines a classic Rubik’s Cube design with the power of a Roland TR-808 drum machine, with each side dedicated to a different sample or percussive element. Just add in the drums you want to use, and set the tempo to fit a style of your choice.

It’s addictive, and when you get really good, you can even throw in your own samples and voice effects, like so;

“This experiment is a mash up of cultural icons popular in the 1980s, a spin on drum machine step sequencing, and a repurposing of the Rubik’s cube for rhythm exploration,” according to the site. Users can use the 808 Cube like a sequencer, “solving” the cube to introduce randomization into the sequence.

If you’re worried the Rubik’s Cube might be limiting as an instrument, you’ll be delighted to learn that there are 43,252,003,274,489,856,000 possible combinations available. That should be enough to keep you entertained for the next decade or so.

To play the 808 Cube, visit the Chrome app here – just prepare to lost the rest of your afternoon.

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