Saturday Synth Porn: This is a video demo of a PocoPoco Musical Interface performance at Siggraph 2011, Vancouver.
The PocoPoco Musical Interface is a new musical interface that users can control by pushing, holding and turning – very intuitive and tactile actions.
To create PocoPoco, IDEEALab developed original solenoid units with built-in sensors and assembled 16 of them in a box-shaped container to serve as a universal input/output device. The resulting device is a versatile interface whose physical movement is designed to appeal to both performers and audiences.
Users can play music with PocoPoco very easily just by “pushing”, “holding ” and “turning” its cylinders. When a user “Pushes” on top of a cylinder, a sequencer switch is flipped to the “on” position causing the cylinder to rise and a sound to play at regular intervals. “Holding” a raised cylinder prolongs the note being played like the sustain pedal of a piano. “Turning” a cylinder affects the instrument’s tone in various ways (e.g. volume control, filters, pitch bend).
While PocoPoco is easy to play, it is also intended to be a device that can be used to create compelling performances.