Are you addicted to Patatap yet? Become an electronica DJ just by tapping on your computer keyboard

Scroll down to try out this amazing flash app in your browser

James Vincent
Friday 28 March 2014 12:20 GMT
Patatap's bright animations are meant to evoke the concept of synesthesia
Patatap's bright animations are meant to evoke the concept of synesthesia

Folks, it’s Friday and that means we want to bring you only the very best in procrastination. Thankfully, we’ve found a real doozy: Patatap, a little online jibble that turns your keyboard into a minimalist soundscape.

Click in the grey square below to load it up and then start typing anything you like. Each of the keys A-Z now triggers an array of electronic clicks, bells and whistles. There’s snare drums, flute samples, vocals and more, and if you get bored of the selection, hit the space bar to load a new set.

Patatap is a collobration between designer Jono Brandel (a member of Google Creative Lab’s Data Arts Team) and the Japanese musical duo Lullatone, masters of a brand of soothing, minimalist whimsy, with their back catalogue including hits such as "going to buy some strawberries" and "a little song about snowdrops".

But of course, Patatap is not just good for the ears – it’s also full of gorgeous abstract animations. Brandel says his aim was to recreate the unique neurological condition known as synaesthesia, where channels of sensory input overlap and tumble around together so that individuals can hear colours and smell sounds.

Brandel says that he took visual inspiration for the project from the paintings of Piet Mondrian and Wassily Kandinsky, as well as the video work of artists such as Viking Eggeling and Norman McLaren.

"Each color palette has a unique corpus of sounds," writes Brandel. "Each set comprises sounds that enable a full-bodied composition both in terms of sound and visuals. These sounds are geared toward making tapping as melodic as possible, similar to a keyboard of drum pads. The result is a visceral and rewarding experience."

We’re more than inclined to agree but we’ll leave it to you to decide: get tapping.

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