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January 23, 2007

Tangible Musical Interfaces


Music Tables

This overview on tangible musical interfaces is focussing on table-top controllers, such as music tables and audio building blocks, mostly chosen for their relation to the reacTable* project. It also includes a few additional projects, which we think are somewhat closer to the concept of tangible interfaces rather than simple musical controllers. This page is maintained by Martin Kaltenbrunner. Please report any suggestions, updates or changes to mkalten_at_iua_dot_upf_dot_edu. If you are looking for more non-musical table interfaces, you could have a look at this collection at pasta & vinegar.

1. Music Tables with Tangibles: audiopad

download videoauthor(s): James Patten, Ben Recht, Hiroshi Ishii
• affiliation: MIT Medialab, Tangible Media Group
• publication: Audiopad: A tagged based Interface for Musical
Performance [PDF]
• website: http://www.jamespatten.com/audiopad

• description: Audiopad is a composition and performance instrument for electronic music which tracks the positions of objects on a tabletop surface and converts their motion into music. One can pull sounds from a giant set of samples, juxtapose archived recordings against warm synthetic melodies, cut between drum loops to create new beats, and apply digital processing all at the same time on the same table. Audiopad not only allows for spontaneous reinterpretation of musical compositions, but also creates a visual and tactile dialogue between itself, the performer, and the audience.

Posted by jo at January 23, 2007 03:39 PM