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Electro-Acoustic Tabletop Synthesizer

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posted on Nov, 9 2006 @ 06:08 PM

Reactable is a multi-user electro-acoustic music synthesizer with a
unique tabletop interface. Performers (like maybe you) control the
instrument by placing objects on the table and moving them around.
Check out the demo below, and turn your sound up a little.

The Reactable hardware starts with the translucent round table; a
camera under the table captures the user actions.
This visual data is analyzed; the nature, position and orientation of
the objects on the table are assigned elements of a classic modular

This awesome bar entertainment device is brought to you by a team
of "digital luthiers" under the direction of Dr. Sergi Jordà (in case
you forgot, a 'luthier' is a person who makes stringed instruments like
guitars). The "Interactive Sonic Systems" team is working in the Music
Technology Group within the Audiovisual Institute at the Universitat
Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona Spain.

Reactable Website

This is a pretty cool device, it's interactive, can have, and probably works best with, multiple users, so it creates social contact, and the piece de la resistence in my opinion, it promotes creativity.

I'm definately going to purchase one of these if/when it comes out.

Comments, Opinions?

posted on Nov, 10 2006 @ 01:30 AM

I would love the chance to play with such a device, especially 'under the influence'. Imagine the possibilities of adding 'layers' vertically, with different sound schema.

Much appreciation for posting this.

posted on Nov, 10 2006 @ 04:16 AM
iori, thanks for the post .

Being a musician anything that aides people experience the wonders and joy music can bring is a good thing.

I think people (non musicans) pull back from making music because they think they have to play/learn an instrument... while it does help when composing, it shouldn't stand in the way of you getting that tune out of your head and out there for people to 'possibly' enjoy, and a personal reward.

Great application possibilities for the disabled too

iori see if we can get a group discount.

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