Mobile music making is on the rise with programs to make a complete track available for phones and tablets – as well as specialist samplers, synths and standalone grooveboxes. The Cardboard Expression Pedal is a superb way to interact with your device, bringing real-world established controls to making music beyond the touch screen. It’s the first pedal of its kind, with compatibility for the Apple iPhone and made from 100% renewable sources!
The Cardboard Expression Pedal is an ingenious device, made completely from cardboard and comes flat packed to assemble yourself. The iPhone slips snugly into a dedicated enclosure (pictured below) and uses the tilt sensors to pick up your footwork. There’s a free iPhone app called MIDI Expression Pedal which allows you to play expressively with any model of iPhone from the first generation SE model upwards. We’re sure the Nintendo Labo and Google Cardboard have influenced this durable musical joy!
The pedal sends MIDI via Bluetooth or WiFi giving you control over thousands of music making applications for iOS. At a time when the environment and earths ecosystem are under threat, it’s refreshing to see these kinds of designs on the market.
The Cardboard Expression Pedal is sold by Beat Bars who are based in Poland and have many interactive musical devices. Check out the video below to see the assembly happen!