BeatBearing - a tangible sequencer

The BeatBearing is an instrument that allows you to create rhythms by arranging ball bearings on a grid. Although simple, this allows for an engaging and intuitive musical experience. The BeatBearing was developed by Peter Bennett as part of his PhD research in the Sonic Arts Research Centre, Queens University Belfast. The BeatBearing is an ongoing sketch aiding the design of new tangible interfaces for musical instruments. The BeatBearing (shown below) has been made available for you to make yourself.

how can I make my own BeatBearing?

An article on how to make your own BeatBearing is now in MAKE magazine volume 17.

This site will have updates of the code, but the step-by-step instructions are only available in MAKEzine. The online article can be found here:

Download the most recent code bundle here. The zipped file contains the Arduino firmware code, the main Processing program, and a demo Ableton Live session.

If you do start your own BeatBearing project, then it would be great to hear from you!


related projects

A variety of projects that have been influenced by the BeatBearing (please email to correct me if I'm wrong!).


Dr. Peter Bennett: pete(at)peteinfo(dot)com