Making Music With Touchscreens And Sound-Altering Modules

Making Music With Touchscreens And Sound-Altering Modules

A modular music creation interface that once required a specialized multitouch screen has been scaled down into an iPad and iPod app.

Kyle Studstill
  • 6 october 2010

Reactable is an interactive music-making system with an iPhone app and iPad interface, based on interactions with sound-altering modules. Reactable was originally developed in 2006 by the Music Technology Group within the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, as an innovative way to produce music at live shows. Live DJs would work with tangible interactive blocks as modules that all work together on a multi-touch screen to create sounds. The development of a pair of mobile apps brings the original large-scale concepts that once required a specialized multitouch screen to the hands of creative musicians everywhere.

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