The conundrums are an agglomeration of hittable electronic drum surfaces which connect to synthesizers and video producing software. The conceptual impetus for this creation was to produce a solo performance platform based on the act of hitting drums which would transcend the traditional interaction between drummer and instrument.
I put the conundrums together out of a kit of parts - synth instruments I have had for over twenty years (from my Reverbaphon days) and bits from an old electronic drum kit I bought when I first moved to NZ. The only new equipment I use is a relatively new drum pad which is central to the instrument. All other elements of the kit date back to around the mid to late nineties. It is very satisfying to be using old gear in a completely re-purposed way and still use old technology (midi) to trigger them all simultaneously.
The film 'music for electronic trap set' shows an early iteration. The finished conundrums* are presented in the film 'power uno part two' and 'power uno part one' on the welcome page.
*The word conundrums seems an appropriate name for this contraption as it is complicated and puzzling.
**I invented the term 'Modular synaesthesia' to describe the way in which sonic material is produced by the conundrums (what you hear may be at odds with what you see).
The conundrums is thus designed to produce a variety of synaesthetic material when struck.