The Ice Princess & Her ReacTable

Yes, Bjork's latest record, Volta, is not all that great, but it has its moments. Long gone are the days of lush dramatic experimentation like that found up until Homogenic. The apex of this song (and video, taken from Jools Holland) is the focus on the touch table. Better known as Reactable, it's an electro-acoustic music instrument with a tabletop TUI (Tangible User Interface) that has been developed within the Music Technology Group at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain by Sergi Jordà, Martin Kaltenbrunner, Günter Geiger and Marcos Alonso.

Be sure to check out "Declare Independence" with focus on the ReacTable:

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1 comment:

Chris said...

I don't really see it as an instrument you could make a song off of, though it is a nice creative way to manipulate sound rather than using knobs and faders. The framework software is ReacTIVision which is opensource.

The bjork synth guru guy also users Lemur, touchscreen fader/knob device.