Deep thought: if this is what this young person’s baby toy looks like, what will his computer look like?

Father Matt Durant writes to share a surprisingly spacey, expressive solo by his 16-week-old baby son:

My baby son, Austin, touched an iPad for the first time a couple of weeks ago. I loaded up Moog’s new Animoog app and was blown away with what happened. Mom & I have never seen him so dexterous and thoughtful with any object before. Luckily I had my iPhone within reach so I was able to record his ‘performance’ in video.

I’ve sent it to Moog and they have posted it on their Facebook page, and I have received personal emails from Michael Adams (President CEO of Moog) and their head of Marketing with praise.

cheers, great site! I’ve enjoyed CDM for years now.

Animoog, while otherwise a beautifully-designed app, now has two downsides to consider: its cost is up from a buck cut-rate intro price to US$29.99, and you’ll know, in the back of your mind, you’d darned well better find a way to play better than a 16-week-old infant. That’s right. Austin just p0wned you.

I was accused by one commenter recently of drawing topics into a “polemic” discussion of iPads and interface design. So, true to form, let’s draw a baby – albeit an older one – into polemics. Baby Baphomet prefers the more tactile feel of a conventional Moog. The performance here is definitely less sensitive and nuanced. Perhaps we can agree to disagree – Baphomet as your top choice for your more forceful punk act, Austin clearly as the more lyrical of the two on Animoog. Watch:

(Side note: what kind of people “dislike” a video of a baby on YouTube? Like … really? Fortunately, if either of these young’ns does get trolled, they won’t actually be able to read – and, honestly, whatever they’re doing with their time is a better use of their life than us reading those kinds of comments as adults.)

Thanks, Matt, for sharing this, and hopefully CDM will last into Austin’s later years so we can find out how his playing evolves. Keep on synthin’, kid!

  • cosimo murgolo

    lovely kid, nice one!!!

  • BenAlex

    I love how immersed baby Austin looks. 

  • nice to see an ambient guru and a dancefloor smasher from the future!

  • Austin was mesmerized. Great video!

  • Edward

    I would rather listen to Baby Baphomet over skrillex.

  • That baby LOVES the Moog! I also think the fathers very last breath is telling to the experience he felt watching his son so entranced. With such candid expression on his fathers part, it really brings weight to the total impact this moment,shared,father and son had as a whole. Great ending to a great video. If you have any young one in your life at all…How could you not appreciate this?

  • 7redbladder

    i'm betting someone out there will sample

    this and make a track out of it.Baby Austin

    needs to get his lawyers up to speed.

  • Dustinw

    My daughter (@ about 11 months) loved the Korg iMS20 on my ipad. I would setup a drum beat and put it on the Kassoliator screens and she would go crazy bouncing along while playing riffs (i.e. dragging her finger around) and filter sweeps (i.e. more dragging her finger around) and throwing her hands in the air. Unfortunately once I put the wiggles game on it she lost interest. 

  • kid versus chemical

    That was really rad how he ended it with that sustained note.  Cute stuff.  My daughter is the same age, I need to give her a crack at it.

  • Ben Mcallister

    Let's get Austin in a white spacesuit and shoot him against a white background playing that tune ASAP.  Beautiful!

  • Paul

    Aww he's like a little pocket sized Brian eno!

  • Reminds me of when the Mac first came out.  I remember seeing a video of a 2-year old using MacPaint.

  • love this. listened to it and almost made me run out and get an iPad. i have a question…does the app allow you to assign scales so you don't hit a wrong note? i know ableton can be set up this way with when of the Midi effects.

  • ElMech

    @regend. yup. very easily.

  • It's pwned, not p0wned.

  • John

    If you have an iPad, good for you! You have access to a ton of HD games and apps that will make use of the iPad's graphic capabilities. Games like Infinity Blade and Modern Combat 3: Fallen Nation (Read a review if you don't know what it's about make full use of the iPad's power. Stunning visuals and gameplay tide in with the iPad's complete controls and mobility make it the best gaming device for me. If you don't have an iPad, buy one or buy an iPhone. It has good graphic potential also and could run Modern Combat 3 and CoD: Zombies.

  • leakeg

    I'm assuming he's constricted to a specific key?

    Nice nonetheless, but a layman may be overly impressed.

    • djquietstorm


      It's a 4 month old baby.

      He hasn't got enough control of his tiny body yet to even start trying to master the concept of "I'll hold this thing in my hand" or "this thing right here is one of my fingers".
      He hasn't had even the introductory course on "there is something called Music" yet.
      And he pretty much played that solo technically pefectly, am I wrong?

      There are forces at work here way more significant than the MIDI mapping.

  • Peter Kirn

    @leakeg: Nope, that's correct.

    A layman may also be overly impressed by us adults playing under similar circumstances. 😉

  • jakub

    Babies love Animoog! Only if Moog developers would place preset selector not so close to keys – my son always acidentally hit it.

    Are we witnessing beginning of new music gear video genre? We already have "synth demoing videos", "synth unboxing videos", "kitten walking on keys videos", now we have "babies playing synths videos" 🙂

  • midihendrix

    your baby sucks… 6 month old cousin shreds better on the animoog any day.


  • mediawest

    how great at 4 months. hes totally aware of his touch and sight controlling the strange universe thats in his lap…. now its time for a nap….

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