Rain Drum Mixes Sweet Beats While You Beat Feet in Storm

Nothing cheers up a rainy day like some upbeat music. Most people would opt to plug in some earbuds and listen to actual music as they’re going about their daily activities, but the Drumbrella (or “Rain Drum“) takes a different approach: it uses the raindrops themselves to produce unique sounds as the user walks through the downpour.

Each segment of the musical umbrella is covered with a taut waxed cloth; the different tension levels and sizes of each mean that a distinct sound is produced by every part of the umbrella. According to designer Dong Min Park, the segments all correspond to a specific part of a standard drum kit.

The umbrella doesn’t look like it would do much to actually protect its owner from getting rained on, but it would definitely be a conversation starter. If the shades all resonate with harmonious tones the umbrella could be a truly lovely little accessory for rainy days. On the other hand, it could turn out to be the most annoying umbrella ever invented. We’ll all just have to wait and see since the Drumbrella isn’t yet in production.

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