Machinecollective.org are developing a set of prototyping modules targeted at researchers, artists, musicians, teachers, circuitbenders and performers. They are designed for people requiring quality controls, quick assembly and a flexible, modular project enclosure.
“Prototyping modules are available in a wide range of configurations featuring many standard control surface components such as pots, sliders, backlit buttons and switches. Less common components such as lcd modules, touchscreen (x/y pad) and various patchbays are also available. The following picture shows our final prototypes.”
Zoybar is a modular hardware platform for creating custom electric string instruments and effects.
Ziv writes — “The basic Zoybar kits enable you to assemble a variety of electric string instruments that could be mounted with different sound effects. The Zoybar components provide research and development tools as a sustainable, playable prototype platform. The same modular parts can be assembled as different instruments, can be change during the performance and also be mounted with numerous special effects, just by adding and changing their position across the profile groves.
Zoybar.net is a co-creation community inspired to develop and create innovative music instruments and effects in an open platform environment. Every new effect or feature that would be created by an independent developer could become relevant to the whole Zoybar users and community. Almost any application can be easily attached to the Zoybar platform, just by adding and changing its position across the profile groves with common bolts and screws.”
George Logemann uses the Polhemus Corp Isotrak — a six-dimensional spatial “joystick” that operates over a hemisphere of about five feet in diameter. George writes that the Isotrak provides “flexibility over a realstic human expression space and a significant number of dimensions available to communicate gestures”.
Bloom is a generative music application by Seth Sandler. Press anywhere on the screen to create circles that grow and ‘bloom.’ As they fade out and re-appear, they play a note. The note is based on the x-axis. As you move right, the notes go higher.
Stantum have been developing multi-touch display technologies since 1992.
Mathieu Chamagne, one of the minds behind maxobjects.com, has posted a video on YouTube showing some recent work with the Stantum multitouch displays. Not how multiple fingers can control different parts of the same object at the same time.
This textbook is an attempt at documenting developments related to novel gestural controllers and digital musical instruments with a view to informing researchers and musicians interested in designing new musical interfaces with control and interaction beyond the keyboard paradigm.
Our approach is to provide an overview of various developments on the design of novel gestural controllers, with various references to the literature on the subject. By following this approach, we hope to provide readers with a context to help them understand and compare the advantages and drawbacks of these interfaces, as well as tips to their design.