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Is there anything that can't be built with LEGO?

YouTuber Brick Technology has certainly tested what we thought could have been the limit of the iconic childhood toy by creating a fully functional electronic drum machine. Building a mechanical LEGO device like this is well within his wheelhouse after having built an impressive array of remote vehicles and projectile-shooting devices, all made from the colored bricks.

Inspired by the now-discontinued Roland TD-9, perhaps constructing this drum machine with an intricate arrangement of bricks and pins from scratch is the only way to get a device like the source material into your home studio. The device was engineered using a shrewd system of levered picks and a conveyor belt-like runway outfitted with various pegs to encode the individual drum hits.

The system is capable of transcribing full drum kit loops into DAW software via a laptop connection. Not to mention it was impressively set up to recreate several instantly recognizable tracks with ease, including Foo Fighters' "My Hero" and Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off."

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Check out Brick Technology's video below and stick around until the end to see if you can guess all seven drum tracks in the creator's "song quiz."

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