Reactable, is a multi-user electronic music instrument with a tabletop tangible user interface.
Several simultaneous performers share complete control over the instrument by moving physical objects on a luminous table surface. By moving and relating these objects, representing components of a classic modular synthesizer, users can create complex and dynamic sonic topologies, with generators, filters and modulators, in a kind of tangible modular synthesizer or graspable flow-controlled programming language.
This instrument is being developed by a team of digital luthiers (Sergi Jordà, Martin Kaltenbrunner, Günter Geiger and Marcos Alonso), at the Music Technology Group within the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain.
I first came across Chicago born composer Laurie Spiegel on an amazing compilation album collecting the leftfield recordings of women such as Pauline Oliveros, Megan Roberts and Laurie Anderson.
Although she made a sideways move into software design (creating the much loved Music Mouse tool) Spiegel has a fine back catalogue that is worth exploring - much of it rivaling the more celebrated work of the Berlin School electronic bands...
Growing up in the 70s and 80s, I had a genuine dread of nuclear war. With a Protect And Survive leaflet in every sideboard and bomb drills practiced at primary school, I was especially intimidated by government films meant to educate, inform and reassure.
The accompanying video has been reedited from the bizarrely optimistic 'About Fallout', which tries to put a positive spin on armageddon. Presented here, in tandem with Spiegel's thoughtful synth strokes, some of that dread dutifully returns.
Blacet Improbability Drive is generating all CVs - this creates the microtones and polyrhythm. No MIDI, no sequencers, mono, no edits, small amount of VST delay on one sound, the rest is analog delay. Modcan, Blacet, Synthesizers.com, STG Soundlabs, Manley
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