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Reactable, The Analogue Synth From The Future…

The interface revolution continues to roll on and this time round musical instruments are getting the treatment. Reactable is the result of this treatment, more than just a touch screen surface, it is a tangible interface. Developers Sergi Jordà, Marcos Alonso, Martin Kaltenbrunner and Günter Geiger working at the University of Spain developed the Reactable over 3 years, releasing it publicly in 2006. With soldering irons and circuit boards the Reactable was born. A musical instrument at its most basic, it is much much more. Analogue synth, mixing desk, sampler, metronome, sequencer and harmonizer, all built into one silky smooth interactive surface interface, a Tangible user interface –TUI -.

Various blocks called tangibles are placed on the surface and used to interact with various functions of the Reactable. Printed onto the faces of the tangibles are a black and white pattern or fiducials that are recognized by a camera on the underside of the table. Also built into the underside of the table is the projector that provides the image on the Reactables surface. The camera is responsible for driving the interface, the projector gives you feedback and the software reacTIVision brings it all together, presenting fluid motions and instant reactions.

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Mogees, Making The World Our Musical Instrument…

Musical expression is one of humanities greatest talents, so deeply engrained in who we are that it evolves with us. As soon as new technologies are created we fold it into the ways we express ourselves. The Mogees research project is one such technology, exploring gestural interfaces for musical expressions. Mogees uses a simple contact microphone that feeds audio data in real time to some very complex software to convert any surface into a musical instrument. From a panel of glass to a tree if you can tap it Mogees can convert it into a musical instrument.

The Mogees project has been developed by Bruno Zamborlin, a Ph.D. Student at Goldsmiths Digital Studio – University of London – , in collaboration with Frederic Bevilacqua, Norbert Schnell and the real-time music interaction team at IRCAM – Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique.

The first demonstration of the technology took place with the live performance at the Beam festival, Brunel University in London June 2011. Since then the technology has continued to evolve. It is currently used in the Airplay project by the IRCAM composer Lorenzo Pagliei.

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