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TOUCHOLOGY 

The hand-interactive white noise instrument

Touchology is an explanatory investigation into a new wave of music where instruments and interfaces are designed around gestural controls. It is aimed to create a new dream machine that would mesmerise the user, soothing him with molecules of sound and movement. 

The random movement of the antennae creates a white noise soundscape, which the user can affect with proximity. When the user taps either the spreader plate or the wire of the antennae, they immediately start to move and bounce.

The noise here is turned into a new form of expression. The white noise machine is controlled using a series of capacitive proximity sensors. This allows it translate subtle hand movements into digital controls for the antennae.

Exhibition 

Sound Check, Science Gallery Dublin

10.06.17 – 24.09.17 

 

Publication  

Bare Conductive, London

 

The noise here is turned into a new form of expression.

The white noise machine is controlled using a series of capacitive proximity sensors. This allows it translate subtle hand movements into digital controls for the antennae.

Playing

When moving, if the user's hand approaches, the antenna being to shy away, retreating as the hand approaches and shrinking back into the table. This way, the user can create his/her own soundscape according to taste, modulating the intensity of the instrument, creating new rhythms, producing harmony by synchronizing the modules.

Awakening Touch

When the user touches either the spreader plate, or the wire of the antennae, they immediately start to move and bounce.

Touchology was made with open hardware. It is, in fact, controlled by a series of Arduinos and a Bare Conductive Touch Board. This allows it to sense both the user’s touch and proximity, and react accordingly. A parallel technological focus considered the electronic and coding, attempting to track hand movement with the capacitive proximity sensor. controlling the work without physical contact.