The Beach Ball Synthesizer At Moogfest 2016

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At Moogfest 2016, design firm IDEO has an interactive sound installation onsite, Play-Sound, aka The Beach Ball Synthesizer.

The installation lets you play with sound by moving body-scaled inflatable spheres.

Here’s a brief video showing the Beach Ball Synth in action:

Here’s what IDEO has to say about the beach ball controllers:

Each sphere is equipped with inertial motion sensors—acceleration, rotation, and the Earth’s magnetic fields—enabling the spheres to act as a gestural musical interface. The gestures are interpreted through machine learning and used to control an evolving soundscape.

Additional photos: Eva Lewin Photography

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