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steven landau

new york, ny, United States

Design instructor

Member since September 08, 2008

  • are you a drummer?


    In response to Research Bibliography, posted by Douglas Best,
    in the thread Research Bibliography


    douglas, Do you play drums? I do! I have Yamaha DTXtreme IV electronic drums in my office, and I play all the time. the question of making noise is a very big problem for drummers. I now play through headphones, but I still had complaints coming from my neighbors because of vibration, so I had to build a sound isolating platform. While this is an interesting problem, and one that I am very interested in, I am not sure whether the effort to make drum practice more neighborly is something that will be of interest to NFP's, but maybe I am wrong about that. I think that trying to develop products for "drumming therapy" might get people more excited. I have heard that some occupational and physical therapists working with autistic children have them do certain kinds of movement that involve carrying out movements that are a lot like drumming, where each limb has to do something independent from the others. For some reason, this calms them down when they get overly stimulated. If you were to pursue this direction, you would have to really become very knowledgeable about various existing music therapy techniques, and then try to figure out how to create a new product that improves therapeutic outcomes.
    Let's talk about this. Steven

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