SoundTetris: Playfully generating sound loops
Based on the game Tetris individual sound loops can be generated by completing several lines.
The concept SoundTetris was developed in the five-day workshop Designing Tangible Sounds at the University of Applied Sciences Magdeburg-Stendal. Based on the game Tetris individual sound loops can be generated by completing several lines. Even novice musicians can generate sound easily with the help of default-allocations of musical instruments.
Instruments and effects are mapped to the respective blocks. Depending on the mapping of the blocks prepared Ableton Live sound loops and effects are played simultaneously.
The prototype consists of an controller (with buttons, accelerometer & arduino mini for the detection of user inputs), the computer monitor (visual output) and different software components (Arduino, Processing & Ableton Live).
Use the buttons to bring the individual blocks on stage. By shaking the controller the blocks can be turned randomly. Tilting to the left or right move the block in the appropriate direction – tilting downwards lowers the block faster.
The prototype has been presented on the Designers Open 2010 in Leipzig and was one of the choosen exhibition pieces that represented the Interaction design programm at the Institute of Industial Design Magedburg.
Concept, video prototype, hardware & software prototype, exhebition stand