Have you had a productive day so far? If you have, it’s about to end. Here’s an online app that combines two ’80s cultural icons, the Roland 808 drum machine and the Rubik’s Cube, into one utterly original musical instrument.
Using Google Chrome’s Cube Lab, the 808 Cube takes the actual sounds from a Roland 808 and lets users control them by touching and turning the pieces of a simulated Rubik’s Cube. Its creators intend it as an experiment in randomness, in the tradition of 18th century musical dice games and the I Ching compositions of John Cage. With no instructions on how to use the cube, and 43,252,003,274,489,856,000 possible combinations of its blocks, the possibilities for random compositions are nearly limitless. They even hid a few easter eggs into the app, which can be unlocked with certain combinations.
Play with it at your own risk. This thing is addictive.
Here’s a video of one of a sampling easter egg to get things started.