Here is something that I cannot believe I have not blogged about before. I am sure it must have been on the blog, but apparently not. Anyways, Audiopad is an experimental audio control interface that uses a computer and projector to determine the location of objects on a screen or table top. The manipulation of these objects then manipulates the sound. The project was originally a thesis project, but rumor has it a commercial application is being developed. Videos of the device in action can be found on the website in Quicktime format.
Audiopad is a composition and performance instrument for electronic music which tracks the positions of objects on a tabletop surface and converts their motion into music. One can pull sounds from a giant set of samples, juxtapose archived recordings against warm synthetic melodies, cut between drum loops to create new beats, and apply digital processing all at the same time on the same table. Audiopad not only allows for spontaneous reinterpretation of musical compositions, but also creates a visual and tactile dialogue between itself, the performer, and the audience.