TouchTone is an award winning experimental tangible user interface designed by Graham, Mark, and myself for our final year thesis as part of a BSc in Multimedia from DCU.
The user controls samples of pre-recorded musical instruments using marked cubes and an intelligent multi-touch surface.
We aimed to investigate evolving methods of musical arrangement and experience, taking influence from the advances of Multi-touch Tangible User Interfaces (MTUI). We were also interested with the concept of using tangible objects, in this case custom made acetate cubes, and the multi-touch surface to experiment and examine the relation and interaction between the opposing processes.
With each cube representing an instrument, a unique arrangement can be created using any combination of instruments and effects through exploring each sound and generating visualisations. We hoped to create an experience of musical arrangement in an exciting surrounding that is new to both experienced musicians and newcomers alike.