Beatoven is a tangible music controller project that lets users ‘cook’ with beats, using objects as ‘ingredients’ to be mixed. Continue reading
Superquadratic’s Beat Bricks is a fun example of a tangible music sequencer.
With Beat Bricks, LEGO bricks are used as tangible notes that can be placed on a grid to create sequences. A webcam is used to capture images of the LEGO bricks and convert the tangible sequence into a musical one.
Free Music Software: The D-Touch Sequencer and D-Touch Drum Machine are free downloadable apps that let you experiment with tangible sequencing:
The audio d-touch interactive surface consists of a simple printed piece of paper. The movable physical objects are marked using labels, also printed on normal paper. The computer observes the blocks and the paper through a low cost web-cam, and thanks to the d-touch marker recognition algorithm it can localize them precisely.
The information about the position and orientation of each block is used to control a digital audio synthesis process. The system was designed to be extremely low cost, robust and easy to set up, which makes it possible to fully and freely release it for download.
Got an extra $13,000?
The Reactable Live! It brings all the possibilities of the original Reactable and makes it portable and easy to setup.
The Live! version of the instrument allows you to touch and see the music while performing. The different sound generation and manipulation modules, which are real physical objects, permit infinite flexibility and control in musical expression. Exploring and using modern techniques of music production has never been easier or more exciting.
The Reactable was conceived as an instrument to bring back the expressive possibilities of traditional instruments to musicians who are working with new technologies. It uses concepts of modular synthesis, sampling, advanced digital effects processing, and DJing and combines them with modern human computer interaction, multitouch technology and a tangible interface. The Reactable Live! is a completely new experience in live music performance. Continue reading
In fact, after seeing this video, you may never look at your old keyboard-based synthesizer the same way.
The Reactable is based on a translucent and luminous round table. By putting “pucks” on the Reactable surface and by turning them and connecting them to each other, performers can combine synthesizers, effects, sample loops or control elements to create compositions.
This techno live jam of Barcelona Bakalao and Reactable was recorded at the Reactable office.