TuISt (Transformable uber Interface for Stardom) is an emotionally driven interface taking on our inner desires and fantasies of instantaneously becoming superstars (and momentarily living under the skin of our idols) and on our instinctive imitation of the musical performers gestures as expressions of sounds. Tuist is a multi-instrument interface based on a single object with minimal gesture input surfaces and various modes of use through different positioning and orientation towards the user’s body. Multi-track gesture recording and playback/loop features also enable for multi-arrangement and composition by allowing the user to record and interact with his own performances in time. Its objective was the development of an intuitive and playful interface for novices, capable of providing explorayory interactions in an enjoyable experience inspired by our significant mimicking gestures of ‘real’ musicians and our private ambitions of creating music.
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.
The T-Stick was developed and built in the IDMIL by Joseph Malloch, in collaboration with composer D. Andrew Stewart and performers Fernando Rocha and Xenia Pestova. The physical input device can sense where and how much of its surface is touched by the performer, as well as tilting, shaking, squeezing and twisting gestures. Unlike most digital musical instruments, the T-Sticks exist as a family, with soprano, alto, tenor, and bass members.
The T-Stick is intended to be an “expert” musical interface: engaging to new users, allowing virtuosic playing, and “worth practicing” in that practice time results in increased skill. The T-Stick has been performed and demonstrated many times in Canada, Brazil, Italy, and the USA.
The Hex-1 consists of 48 touch-sensors arranged in a hexagonal grid, 2 touch sliders, 4 touch momentary buttons and LED backlighting for all sensors controllable from the host computer.
Jeff Snyder writes —
“The Hex-1 is a recent invention of mine that uses capacitive touch-sensing (like the iPod) to provide tactile control over musical parameters in audio or video software like Abelton Live, Max/MSP, Reason, Cubase, Logic, Pro-Tools, etc. It’s a small, portable USB device, that’s bus-powered and fits in a laptop bag along with a laptop.”