Slap Around Your Laptop & Make Music

Ever feel like smacking your computer around?

Now you’ve got good reason. SmackTop is an open-source utility for Mac laptops (after 2005) which translates the accelerometer (Sudden Motion Sensor) data into MIDI data and audio impulses.

This lets you control your favorite DAW by tilting and smacking your laptop.

This seems like it could be a bad idea for a lot of reasons – but it offers a new, more physical way of interacting with music.

SmackTop has two types of controllers – Tilters and Smackers. Tilters translate the left/right (i) and forward/backward (j) tilt of the laptop into MIDI CC values. Smackers use the change in acceleration (jerk) to trigger a MIDI CC, noteOn and/or audio impulse. The audio impulse is designed to trigger ‘sidechain’ effects.

SmackTop was built with Processing and Chuck. It is licensed under GNU GPL 2.0, although the included libraries are subject to their own various GNU or CC licenses.

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