Coaster Jam

Coaster Jam is the concept for a simple musical drinking game. Each person has a coaster with a specific instrument printed and is able to add notes to the collective composition by placing his or her drink on the coaster.

Using the DAW Ableton Live as a sequencer, the triggering of new notes can be constrained to specific tonal scales and quantized rhythmic intervals thereby ensuring a musical experience – even during late hours when the users have had a bit too much to drink. Detecting the contact between drink and coaster can be achieved using pressure or light sensors.

Although the video prototype is purely done in post-production it gave the team a sense of the possibilities and challenges with creating interactive audio installations and products.