1.2m X 1.2m aluminium frame with a grid of focused infrared beams intersecting at the right angles. Every beam or every intersection individually programmable by means of supplied software utility. Playing is accomlished by moving hands or any other part of the body within the frame of the instrument.
AudioCubes are a modular live performance instrument that let you shape sound, create music and perform live through hands-on interaction with wireless intelligent objects.
AudioCubes offer new ways to interact with your existing audio software, beyond what is possible with classic knob boxes and trigger pads. They can be used for simple filter sweeps as well as infinitely complex setups in which the musical information they generate will depend on how the objects interact with each other and with their user.
Multiple users’ AudioCubes talk to each other wirelessly without complicated setup. High-speed, high-resolution, better-than-MIDI sensor technology makes sure even the most subtle performance gestures are captured.
Yamaha’s Tenori-On functions as both a performance input controller and display. It consists of a 16×16 grid of 256 identical LED buttons in a square-shaped magnesium frame. Along the sides are function buttons letting users make changes to volume, octave, tempo, transposition, note lengths, and loop point and speed.
Tim Opie: designer, builder, performer
Angelo Fraietta: created the CV to MIDI controller circuit board located inside the instrument
The Poseidon is an interface designed originally for an installation as a controller for a granular synthesis water soundscape. It collects CV data from sliders and audio from an inbuilt microphone. The CV is converted to MIDI and sent via a standard MIDI cable. The Audio is sent as audio via an audio cable that is connected to the MIDI cable. The MIDI and audio is processed by a computer running a granular synthesis program written in jMusic that generates the soundscape. The computer itself remains out of sight to the audience.
Peter Davies: inventor, melodic table concept, hardware design
Jim Wills: software, electronics, mechanical solutions, menu system
Sonome is a keyboard whose keys are arranged in a honeycomb lattice with a symmetrical note arrangement, the Melodic Table, where each axis of the grid produces a sequence following a specific musical interval and chords are formed by specific cluster shapes. Enables identical fingering patterns for all 12 keys. Produced in the form of a 5.3 octave 192 note fully polyphonic MIDI controller with the whole range accessible either of both hands.
Ben Neill: designer
Terry Pierce: brass fabricator
James Lo: electronic fabrication
Frank Balde/Jorgen Brinkman: Junxion design/construction
The mutantrumpet is a hybrid electro-acoustic instrument with three bells, two sets of valves, and a trombone slide. The sound is converted via a pickup in the mouthpiece to MIDI information by a pitch to MIDI converter. The instrument has eight momentary MIDI controllers in the form of switches and 8 continuous controllers in the form of potentiometers, joysticks and a fader. These controllers are powered by the Steim Junxion board mounted on the body of the mutantrumpet. The dynamics of the acoustically played instrument are also used for MIDI control.
Blue Air is an infrared MIDI controller that measures distance. Continuous controller information is produced by movement an object or a performer’s hand vertically above the infrared eye located on the top panel of Blue Air. MIDI data produced by Blue Air are fast and tightly packed together. The typical time between blocks of MIDI datum is 5 milliseconds. The tremendous volume of data being sent is often best managed by MIDI manipulation software such as MAX by Cycling ’74. Blue Air is fast, accurate, stable, rugged, and simple to use.
Wireless MIDI Glove, consisting of flex sensors and switches communicating with MAX/MSP. The Wireless MIDI Glove is based on the DIEM digi-dancer unit, customized with a set of switches to increase number of parameters – software interface developed at RPI and Harvestworks artist residencies.