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29/05/2014 / Arduino, Sound

Created by Lorenzo Bravi, Hit The Beat is a physical drum machine that can play anything, making it possible for everyday objects to become musical instruments. The setup includes a collection of box like objects with solenoid actuators built in, and ...
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11/02/2014 / Video

Working with the code from Daniel Shiffman's 'Flocking' sketch in Processing, Cyrill Studer and Lazar Jeremic, under direction of Ludwig Zeller, created this visual instrument for creating and controlling organically moving particles with a swarm behaviour. The swarm behaviour from the original sketch was changed ...
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09/01/2014 / MaxMSP

MirrorFugue is a Ph.D. research project by Xiao Xiao at the MIT Media Lab, exploring communicating gesture in music collaboration across space and time. The project is comprised of a set of interfaces for piano to visualise the gesture of ...
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18/12/2012 / Arduino, MaxMSP, Processing

Firewall is an interactive installation created by Aaron Sherwood and Mike Allison. A stretched sheet of spandex acts as a membrane interface sensitive to depth that people can push into and manipulate expressive visuals. The piece was made using Processing, Max/MSP, Arduino ...
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28/09/2012 / Events, Objects, Review

Rafeal Lozano-Hemmer is largely known for his large scale installations that invite audience participation. An extension of this participation is also how he takes elements of physical interaction and gives them digital or technological corollaries. His latest show at Bitforms ...
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28/05/2012 / Other, Scripts

Video below is the result of a workshop held last week at SCI-Arc teaching students about synchronous robotics. We already covered SCI-Arc robotics here, but the results this time are bullet time light drawings which instead of being constrained to ...
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17/02/2012 / Air, Android, Objects, Sound

Created by Ostrario, "Pyramid Cascades" is a collection of 3D-objects made of polystyrene and paper, mounted on servo-motors build the projection surface for a beamer. Virtual 2D-pyramids are mapped on these real objects. Via a trackpad the user can interact with ...
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The Product, a Berlin-based design studio with a focus on objects, space and interaction, was commissioned by Volkswagen to develop a set of visuals for an interactive musical performance for the premiere of the New Beetle at the 2011 IAA ...
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19/01/2012 / iPad, openFrameworks, Sound

WaveShaper by Damien Di Fede is an audio synthesis app that lets you control a sound wave on an iPad. Use two fingers to control four parameters in real-time shaping and deforming included 20 audio files or  add your own audio ...
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31/07/2011 / Android, Processing

Sonaur is an ambient toy for Android created by Miles Peyton using Processing and PureData. It lays somewhere between an ecosystem and a musical instrument. The hope is that sonaur requires less attention both, and still provides a reasonable amount of ...
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15/06/2011 / Arduino, Sound

Muze is the latest creation of Teaugue Labs, a collective operating alongside Teague, a long established industrial design agency and a name behind products for companies such as samsung and microsoft. The device itself is a musical instrument that 'plays with ...
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07/06/2011 / iPad, openFrameworks

In 2010, Hong Kong musician/producer/composer Gaybird Leung invited Henry Chu to create a music app for his show Digital Hug, he was inspired by SoundGyro and want to create an instrument that could respond to body gesture like a theremin. Squeal is aimed ...
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03/05/2011 / iPad, iPhone, Sound

Created by Scott Snibbe and Graham McDermott and designed by Lukas Girling, "OscilloScoop" is a culmination of about 15 years' effort trying to create musical creation tools that is more like a video game. The process began back in the 90's ...
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25/04/2011 / MaxMSP, Processing

illucia is a OSC based codebending instrument by Chris Novello aka paperkettle. It is a USB device with physical jacks that correspond to software patch points, which can be connected and disconnected using patch cables. It is also a console for routing information ...
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25/04/2011 / iPad, iPhone, openFrameworks, Sound

NodeBeat is a generative music app for the iPhone and iPad in the style of apps like Bloom. In it, gently drifting nodes interact with pulsing triggers producing minimal soundscapes. It offers several options to tailor the parameters of the ...
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07/12/2010 / Objects

Created by Matt West, Collaborative Instrument is a music instrument that requires two people to play: one to control the pitch and the other to control the rhythm. Rather than attempting to engineer together mechanisms and parts of existing instruments, such ...
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21/11/2010 / iPad, iPhone, openFrameworks, Sound

Created by on;(do) studio, modAxis is a musical instrument for the iPhone and iPad. By controlling positions of three circles you modulate FM parameters and 'delay' FX. Unlike DAW or typical musical instruments, such as midi keyboard, you can perform transformation of the 'sound' ...
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11/05/2010 / iPhone, Sound

Circuit Synth is a very simple and fun modular synthesizer for the iPhone. It allows you to hook up to six modules up in any order. The interface is very easy and friendly and even people not familiar with synthesis ...
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15/04/2010 / Inspiration, MaxMSP, Objects

Nike Music Shoe is the latest project by Daito Manabe, Tomoaki Yanagisawa W+K Tokyo and others (4nchor5, rhizomatiks) turning Nike's free run+ shoe into a music instrument. Created using MaxMSP with *Ableton Live (Thanks Daito!). Enjoy. Love this part (end of ...
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10/01/2010 / iPhone, Sound

Grid is an open source visual synthesiser application designed for rhythmic, melodic, or textural applications. An exploration in frequency of sound and how it may be visualised. Developer description: But has joy gone blind? No; there are primary colors in sound. ...
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07/01/2010 / Sound

Created by Feedtank, Transpose is an audiovisual performance instrument devised to encourages physical movement in electronic music performances. In Transpose, the performer's silhouette is projected in front of them along with noteboxes, which produce a sound when touched. The performer can change ...
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15/12/2009 / Processing

The first prototype of Piano Gloves created by Scott Garner using Arduino and Processing. The concept is simple including gloves with buttons at the end of the fingers connected to Arduino which are fed to custom Processing app that generates ...
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28/10/2009 / iPhone, Java, Sound

Described as the world's first global live iPhone jam...Daisyphone lets you co-create short loops of music with your friends, over the net in real-time. Created by Nick Bryan-Kinns, Lead of the Interactional Sound and Music Group at the Centre for Digital ...
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08/09/2009 / iPhone, Sound

Euphonics is a relaxing musical toy in the style of Bloom. Like Bloom it features a large space for tapping out piano notes. Multitouch is supported (yay!). By default, notes are locked to a specific scale, so no matter what ...