CONTACT is an experimental tangible audio interface, designed to manipulate and visualize sounds generated from interaction with a simple tabletop.
Any physical contact with the table generates acoustic vibrations, which are manipulated and visualized, in realtime. Here’s a preview of CONTACT in action:
The second video, below, looks at the tech behind CONTACT:
- The installation uses contact microphones, passive sonar and waveform analysis to capture the sound received from the contact microphones.
- The sound is then digitally ‘resonated’ to produce a melodic note from the original acoustic impulse.
- A LEAP Motion controller is also used to manipulate the sounds with various hand gestures, avoiding contact with the table.
- Projections visualise the impulses and vibrations generated from playing the Contact table, creating a live audio visual performance instrument.
CONTACT was created by Felix Faire. He plans to open source the code and make it available on github.