Thomas writes: "I'm sure most of your readers have money and technical skill to buy real samplers and v-drum kits, but I'm poor and desperately grasping for indie cred, so I've built my own sampler in Excel (of all things). It's controlled with a wireless xBox pad that I converted to USB, and I'm going to hand it out to audience members at shows to let them play the drums for me (I'm a solo bassist). In case you're interested, you can find the alpha HERE" Thomas' creation is impressive, in a distinctly lo-fi way, although it will be a whole lot cooler when he announces an all-Microsoft Office band with several Excel Synth players. Thomas is also a fan of Electroplankton, the cult Japan-only Nintendo DS music game.
VERY EXCITING UPDATE: A guy called Andrew has now developed Thomas' original into a fully-blown grid step drum sequencer. I think the sloppy timing you get from Excel is pretty fly. Link