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Futuristic Musical Device Controls Shape of Sound

Shelby Chau / December 12, 2016

In this Kickstarter project, OTO, creators, Sonic Geometry explore the endless possibilities of tangibly controlling sound in the palm of your hands. The musical instrument of the future.


Sound Geometry has developed a geometric musical device or controller that allows you to play with the shape of sound in the form of a polyhedric interface. Each polyhedron can control audiovisual functions, exploring sound beyond just wavelength forms.


The idea behind these futuristic polyhedrons are to hold the shape of sound in a three dimensional way, as you twist, turn and move your hands, you in turn change the audiovisual.


Just watch this video below and be amazed.



Each polyhedron can be mapped using software to control different things, like visuals, colors, filters, clips, synthesizers, effects, and the ability to control a Digitial Audio Workstation (DAW) like Ableton or Traktor. The possibilities are endless.


Anyone can use it, including DJs, electronic music producers, or children learning about music. It can be configured in ways to explore sounds, composition and more.


The name OTO is derived from ‘oto-no-katachi’, which is roughly translated from Japanese as the shape of sound.


OTO began as a Berklee College of Music masters’ thesis project that was discontent with the limited two-dimensional control interfaces that existed. This was a project to discover a new three-dimensional form to play with form and sound in creative and novel ways.


You can find more information about the Kickstarter project here.