Neurosonics Audiomedical Labs Inc. from Chris Cairns on Vimeo.

Marvin Suggs and his Amazing Muppaphone was just way, way ahead of his time. But if you haven’t already seen it making the rounds, you owe yourself a little video watching break to check out Neurosonics Audiomedical Labs, Inc., an audiovisual dreamscape in which disembodied heads form electronic drum heads and spin on turntables. The work is produced by Chris Cairns of Partizan Lab, who has a striking resume of commercial spots and worked with folks like Lady Sovereign.

The good folks of Motionographer get the scoop on the production background, and interestingly note that the music is scratching away in Scratch Perverts’ weapon of choice, Serato. Be sure to spot that story, as well as the official film site:

Neurosonics Audiomedical Labs Inc. [Motionographer]

If you have any interest in video turntablism, you won’t want to miss dj rndm’s detailed review of the Video-SL by Serato, which allows fluid scratching of video from the Serato digital DJ solution. Thanks to Todd, Josh Randall, and everyone else who sent this our way.

And yet no one has really produced modern Muppaphone technology. Shame. (Hint: get some friends, some socks, and don’t forget googly eyes.)

  • rhowaldt

    aside from the fact that i love not seeing Mac OSX-related news, which flooded CDM the last couple of days, i also love this video for just, wel, everything. clean crisp sterile camera, great concept and great execution.

  • Marc Arsenault

    It can be pretty rough when they go flat…

  • Corticyte

    I was sound engineering for Scratch Perverts a couple of weeks ago. They certainly have skills, but quite happily run their mixers to clipping…

  • griotspeak

    @corticyte that is true of most hip hop acts.

    i used to run with some beatboxers…it was bad man. i remember one show where we had our own little mixer…they went to the trim

  • Michael Coelho

    The problem with these units is that they can pick up viruses even when they aren't connected to the Internet. Great film.

  • Super clever! But I think the Muppaphone wins ("You can't make music hitting dead creatures" – – sounds like a CDM challenge, post-mortem multitouch maybe?).

    (The post-political-correctness observer in me wonders, too, what would've hit the fan if they had decided on anyone but white males for drumheads. . . !)

  • Well, I believe anyone is capable of being hit in the head, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, religion, race, or creed. I've certainly hit myself in the head on many occasions, I'm proud to say.

  • Right On, Peter – – I'm all for equal-opportunity self-abuse, of course . . . a different sort of abuse here – – last summer, I asked my students to each sing a part of my score to Blue Hammer (, and the resulting you-tube video wall is here: (granted, they don't have pink fur or googly eyes . . . but the division-of-labour idea persists, endures.).

  • That was so sick…

    I think gonna hurl.

  • Anonymous

    Seriously? Did no one else think 'Futurama' when they saw this?

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  • Simon Lacelle

    I did think of Futurama, the Beastie Boys episode in particular. But this was a really interesting concept and great execution.

  • Jodi

    It's not a matter of deciding on any race for a drum head – he's the beatboxer <a>Shlomo