: music, art, code
July 14, 2013 ,

Multi-Touch Helps the One Fund

I recently had a chance to install my multi-touch table at a benefit for the One Fund which supports victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.  I’ve used this interface for my own performances but I had never left it out in the open for others to use.  Initially I was nervous that someone would knock off the plexiglass or tear the contact paper but it survived and seemed to entertain many.

mtn multi-touch installation Oberon

Photo by Hans Wendland –

I only had a weekend to put together the software.  What I came up with was a physics engine that lets users play around with 8 floating shapes controlling the volume of 8 tracks in Ableton.  Each track had a different rhythm and information is sent from Ableton back to the blocks so they can gyrate along to their own unique beat.  You can see a bit of that here:

The code is a little messy but feel free to reach out and I can pass it along.  It relies heavily on MT4J which is a multi-touch framework for Java.  Can’t wait to see what I can come up with when someone gives me more than a week to prepare!

1 to “Multi-Touch Helps the One Fund”

  1. Eric Mill says...

    You’re a badass.

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