Developer Robert Tubb has introduced The Wablet, a “physics based synthesiser and noise toy”.
Here’s how Tubb describes it:
An animated mesh of springs can be vibrated with the fingers. A path around this mesh is read as into an audio waveform, and hence your gestures are turned into sound. Complex evolving drones, chiptunes bleeps or full on noise can be produced, and beautiful undulating patterns created.
The physical properties of the mesh can be changed using the sliders, new sound-paths can be drawn onto the Mesh and the App comes with a Max/MSP patch for wireless MIDI control and more in depth adjustable parameters.
The Wablet scans the current state of the interactive mass-spring network and uses that waveshape as an oscillator cycle for synthesizing sound.
Here’s a video introduction from Tubb:
Finally, here is a sound demonstration of the Wablet being triggered via MIDI over a wireless network:
Wablet is available for $.99 in the App Store. If you’ve used Wablet, let us know what you think of it!