Sound Conducting Jelly Lets You Create Touch-Sensitive Musical Instruments

Sound Conducting Jelly Lets You Create Touch-Sensitive Musical Instruments
Arts & Culture

French student designers mash create an interactive music game that mixes basic chemistry with technology.

Don Michael Acelar De Leon
  • 3 april 2012

French design students Raphaël Pluvinage and Marianne Cauvard have created a very interesting blend of touch technology and jelly that can potentially be a big hit among high school science laboratories. Noisy Jelly, described by the team, is a game where the player has to cook and shape his own musical material, based on colored jelly.

The student or gamer will mold his own jelly (regardless of size) with water, agar agar powder, and a color associated with a particular sound (such as bass or melody). The jelly shape can then be placed on the game board, and by touching the shape in varying regions, the gamer can trigger different sounds.

Pluvinage and Cauvard explain the science behind the “voices” of jelly:

Technically, the game board is a capacitive sensor, and the variations of the shape and their salt concentration, the distance, and the strength of the finger contact are detected and transform into an audio signal. This object aims to demonstrate that electronic can have a new aesthetic, and be envisaged as a malleable material, which has to be manipulated and experimented.

Watch a preview of Noisy Jelly in the video below:

Noisy Jelly

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