Magician uses a deck of cards (and some studio tricks) to craft some killer hip hop beats

March 12, 2018

The sound of a freshly-shuffled deck of cards is already music to my ears, but Sean Oulashin does us one better by turning that hypnotic sound into a whole song. Not only is Sean a cardist and magician (whose work you can catch over on his Instagram page @notseano), but he also fancies himself as a music producer. Recently, he combined his two loves in a new hip hop single he calls The Sound of Cards II, which was recently brought to our attention thanks to a post from Art of Play:

Sean took the shuffling, slapping, and flicking sounds from manipulating a deck of cards, recorded them, then hooked them up to a sequencer where he turned them into a catchy new rhythm. I’m not going to lie, I’ve already listened to the sample video above at least a half-dozen times. That sound of shuffling cards is already intoxicating; throw in a synthesizer and some room-throbbing bass and I’m hooked.

If you want to support Sean and pick up the full track, you can download an mp3 over at his website Idlehands for $1. You can check out his Instagram page here. And you can follow Art of Play over on Instagram too, for more curated videos like the one above.