The Drum Buddy
Functionally, the Drum Buddy is a 4 oscillator, light activated, mechanically rotating light-activated drum machine and the invention of renowned New Orleans musician, Quintron. Musically, it’s a heavy duty synthesizer/drum machine that makes sounds like you’ve never heard before, and looks like nothing you’ve seen before.
Only 10 drum buddies have been produced, and they all get auctioned off on ebay (click here for a canned ebay search for drum buddies, but good luck finding one). Watch out though, they go VERY quickly. A few have gone to celebrity musicians – famed improve music guru and latest member of the band Wilco picked up a couple of those 10, as have other well-known music scene biggies.
You definitely have to watch this video – things get really interesting around the 4:00 mark, but make sure you watch the beginning as well as it clearly explains the concept of how it works:
Pretty mental, isn’t it?