Novalia Making Printed Paper MIDI Controllers A Reality

UK interactive print specialists Novalia have released previews for new MIDI controllers that are made of printed paper.

Printed MIDI is a combination of printed capacitive touch, MIDI processing and Bluetooth Smart. Printed MIDI can potentially turn any surface into a MIDI controller, whether the surface is flat or curved.

In the video above, Printed MIDI is used to create a paper piano-style controller. Continue reading

Tangible Control Of Modular Software With Percussa AudioCubes

Synthesist Mark Mosher is a fan of the Percussa AudioCubes and their potential as a tangible controller for MIDI software that’s also visually interesting.

AudioCubes are modular controllers, that can be used with MIDI and OSC, for live performance, sound design and more.

This video documents Mosher’s experiments with using Wireless AudioCubes, with MIDIBridge 3, to control the software modular U-He Ace.

Here’s what Mosher has to say about the video: Continue reading

Making New Instruments With Open Source Technology & Conductive Paint

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Bare Conductive let us know about a new instrument, created with designer Vahakn Matossian, that uses open-source hardware and conductive paint to create a musical interface that’s designed to be accessible to physically handicapped people.

Matossian’s inspiration came from working side-by-side with the British ParaOrchestra, in the lead up to the London Olympic games in 2012. Matossian thought that, by integrating capacitive touch sensors as keys, he could create more accessible instruments. Continue reading

Sylphyo Wind Controller Offers Advanced Blowing Control

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The Sylphyo –  a new electronic musical instrument with advanced blowing control and wireless MIDI support – is being made available via an IndieGoGo campaign.

The Sylphyo is designed to provide access to the expressive world of wind instrument to any musician. It can also be played silently for training, or used for writing scores.

Here’s a video demo of the Sylphyo in action, illustrating some of its expressive possibilities: Continue reading