Appropriately, combining music with the option of 3D printing part of the high-tech equipment is a multi-layering of creativity that certainly couldn’t yield anything but interesting–and high-quality–results. In the case of Pieter-Jan Pieters, it’s a grand success not only in that the results of his product allow for hours of creativity and fun, but also in that he beat the traditional system that often says one has to read sheet music to be taken seriously–or included at all in the music world.
While Pieters is well aware of the coolness factor in his product, everything comes at a price. With the advent of Kickstarter though, many new products like OWOW are able to get off the ground without a hitch, and that’s what Pieter-Jan Pieters of the Netherlands is hoping for as he launches a campaign hoping to raise €50,000 (nearly $57,000 USD) by July 8th.
While parents are always warned (by the more experienced who suffered before them) never to go the route of bringing a drum set into the home–lest they should lose their minds–perhaps times are changing a little with technology–and audio. If Omnipresent World of Wizkids has anything to do with it, their new way of making music is going to pave the way for a whole new generation of musicians–who barely have to lift a finger.
Using controllers, the ‘musician’ is able to manipulate the instruments which in the basic CRD version are supplied in the form of bare circuit boards with the intention being for the user to make a 3D printed case for the system. The DVC version features a high-end aluminium case.
No knowledge of playing an actual instrument or reading music is required–you just have to be in the moment, feeling the groove, and going with it. Two different versions are featured with five different instruments at your disposal. These ‘instruments’ are a bit different than what you might be used to–and may also be on the precipice of changing music as we know it–especially for novices.
The OWOW offers the following ways to make music, which should keep you busy–and lost happily in the music-making zone for hours:
- The wob – wave your hands up and down to make sounds
- The wiggle- ‘shape’ the music by moving your hands in an arc or circle
- The drum – make drumming motions in the air
- The pads – have access to your own high-tech drum kit, which is the size of a credit card
- Scanning – make your art into something auditory as you draw dots and lines and ‘play your art’
The system has a modern and inviting design, white and streamlined.
Inviting the tech savvy crew to help with finishing up their own music system, 3D printing the case is fun and easy.
“We love 3D printing and strongly believe in its future,” says the OWOW team. “Therefore, we also provide the 3D file, so you can 3D print your casing when the time is right.”
Downloading and printing should be a piece of cake, as well as easy assembly–and then you are off to ‘plug and play.’
“We combine music and design, technology and engineering, all to make cool stuff for you. The DVC series is built to perform and has a high quality casing,” states the OWOW team on their Kickstarter page. “The CRD series performs the same but is built to be affordable, meaning that it is delivered without the aluminium casing.”
“Please keep in mind the CRD is a bare circuit board. For outdoor and ‘on the road’ use, we [advise] you to print its casing, using the 3D file that we provide for free with your CRD.”
The Kickstarter campaign will help at the end of a long design and development process, which has left the OWOW coffers dry. Once the campaign is complete, the team hopes to put funds into manufacturing.
For those who support the campaign, pledges as low as €147 or more are good for the Early Bird CRD Instrument, with the 3D printable file included for download. At €198 or more, two Early Bird DVC Instruments are included with the full aluminum version.
Prices go up depending on number of instruments, and then supporters approach the €1,200 range, they begin to reach the ‘super package,’ which includes up to 25 instruments, with the bare circuit board version–or up to €2,400 or more to include 25 DVC instruments in the full aluminum case. You can also pay just a bit more to receive the OWOW Weekender with all five CRDs and all five DVCs.
Are you interested in supporting this cool new OWOW music system on Kickstarter? Tell us your thoughts in the OWOW forum thread over at 3DPB.com.