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.
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!