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Make Beats With a Digital 808 Rubik’s Cube

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Rubik’s Cube, Google brought together a group of designers, programmers, coders, and artists to create multiple reinterpretations of the classic puzzle for “Cube Lab.” There’s been a ton of demos and experiments already released, such as the Circle Cube and the Scanwich Cube.

One of the more interesting iterations of the project has been the mildly addicting 808 Cube, which crosses the Rubik’s Cube puzzle with a Roland TR-808 and welcomes users to create their own beats and use samples while turning their drum patterns around the cube. “This experiment is a mashup of cultural icons popular in the 1980s, a spin on drum machine step sequencing, and a repurposing of the Rubik’s cube for rhythm exploration,” the site reads. The cube functions similarly to the sequencer; users can throw some randomization into the cube’s sequence and shuffle different beats and patterns around.

Try out the cube by clicking on the image below, and watch the demo video of the cube in action in the player up top.

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