The band pull apart is a staple in music history, a style of play that requires players to put their fingers to the metal surface of a piece of metal to make an audible “clack”.
There’s a reason for this, says Rob Taylor, an associate professor of psychology at the University of Melbourne.
“A lot of people can’t play with metal, so they tend to stick to a more physical instrument,” he says.
“In music, the band is a metaphor for the person playing it, so a band pull is about playing with a real instrument, which is usually a drum.”
The band pulls have also become a signature of dance music, with DJ Jazzy Jeff taking his band’s name from the genre, which features repetitive and often loud and fast drumming.
It’s a genre which Taylor says he was keen to explore when designing his own band, and the team came up with the idea for the band pull.
The band is made from three pieces of metal, and they’re fitted together with two pins in each corner.
When the pin is pressed, the metal pulls apart, creating a band that can’t be undone.
The pins are then cut out and glued together.
When they’re finally fitted together, the team can use the band to make the final band pull, which can take about 10 minutes.
“It’s an incredibly simple process,” says Taylor.
The team has now made the first prototype band pull to see if it can be made into a product, and hope to expand on the concept in the future. “
The band pull was a great way to explore the idea of band pulling, and hopefully people will come up with more interesting ways of playing.”
The team has now made the first prototype band pull to see if it can be made into a product, and hope to expand on the concept in the future.
They’re also looking into making other bands in the band style, but Taylor says they’re not yet ready to do so.
“I think bands can be a fun way of performing, but there’s something that I think bands don’t have a lot of experience in,” he adds.
“And so if we want to be able to have bands that can make people play with different instruments, then we need to have that experience.”
Listen to the band pulls below: