Subcycles: Multitouch music controller

Subcycles is a sound controller application that [Christian] is using on the third multitouch display that he built. The screen is a sheet of acrylic in an aluminum frame. The image is rear projected onto an area covered with Digiline dispersion film. As with other projects that use the Community Core Vision package, a PS3 eye camera captures the touch information.

This build does a great job of including the audience in what the musician on stage is doing. [Chris] points out that the sight of artists staring at laptops on stage is becoming more and more common. The ‘Minority Report’-like interface that Subcycles uses makes not just for interesting music, but for an added visual reinforcement to the live part of the performance.

[Thanks Mark]

Comments

  1. Kirk Elifson says:

    Coolest thing ever. Nice music, too.

  2. mess_maker says:

    Ugggg… This is very cool, and I know that the guy was trying to show what it can do, but damn. There were times when it sounded like music, then the rest of it sounded like a few bands getting pushed down the stairs.

    A small amount of restraint can turn this into really cool music rather than a turrets fit.

  3. mess_maker says:

    Otherwise, the interface and everything it can do are very awesome, by the way.

  4. Andrew Moyer says:

    Amazing! Must have!

  5. Richard says:

    Does it look to anyone else that it’s not doing a whole lot when he touches. I mean, the physical controls show a great change in music, but as for the touch screen, it seems like the guy is simply cycling though a lot of actions on the screen to make it seem ‘cooler’ than it really is…

  6. LuciusMare says:

    This video took me five minutes to find my jaw, fallen somewhere on the floor.

  7. Zakk says:

    It’s impressive, but I think Reactivision-based software is a lot more powerful for this sort of thing.

  8. Zakk says:

    @Richard: you can see in the upper-left corner of the screen which “tool” he is using at the moment, I can’t figure out how he switches between them though.

  9. jimmys says:

    Quintron drum buddy

    This guy went the analog route, a light triggered drum machine with some crazy switches thrown in.
    Be sure to check out the museum exhibit Jan-May 2110.

    http://www.drumbuddy.com/

  10. chaoxor says:

    Wow, amazing! Hmm I wonder if Autechre will end up using something like this in one of their shows. The visuals on the screen remind me of one of their music videos, so does the music. I think I know what I’m spending Christmas money on now. :)

  11. Giggetygoo says:

    Besides the knob set up, what is the piece that’s next to it? Is it a Korg KP3?

  12. chris says:

    looks cool but multi-touch noise is still noise.

  13. M4CGYV3R says:

    This may just be the coolest instrument I have ever seen.

  14. grovenstien says:

    Had a visuals mega rave up with my multitouch display at Aeon in the Exeter! Loads of people came up and asked questions, rear projected touch screens are always a winner!

  15. silverbyte says:

    Gonna play the critic.

    Theres nothing there. All there is is a Multitouch Interface.

    Music is great the interface is great… but thats all there is… The software is bogus.. its not revolutionary software.. all its doing is display graphics in a cool way.

    It feels likes its just there to please the eye, nothing more, nothing revolutionary.

    Props to the creator / looks great.. But thats about it… This will not evolve into anything. Its made by its creator and will remain with its creator as a visual artpiece (a great artpiece may i add)

    Technology wise… bogus…. Sorry but one needs to state the truth sometimes…

  16. Jeremy Push says:

    I wish that performing electronic music live didn’t almost always mean glitching things into oblivion. I liked his sounds, but I don’t like standing around scratching my beard while someone tickles pixels. There’s still the issue of the performance and how it interacts with the people (Though, @ ~ 2:00 it got my head bobbing).

    I kinda like this guy’s approach more, at least from a musical standpoint :

    http://www.vimeo.com/7733666

    Maybe we can get good visualist behind him and have him go nuts!

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