Blind Noise: a touch-synthesizer that works on muscle memory
Out of the madness of Error Instruments comes a new noise-making machine that looks as weird as it sounds. It’s an experimental touchable synthesizer designed with the visually impaired in mind while being fun for everyone to play with.
On either side of the central panel are two touch panels with an enormous light in the middle. Each side gives you 6 rings to play 6 notes bringing together up to 12 waveforms that crash into and modulate each other. In the centre panel are 4 knobs that radically change the whole response of the interface. There’s no knowing exactly what will happen so you have to use your ears and muscle memory to recall where those sweets spots were found as you fiddle, touch and mess about on the instrument. Sound possibilities are endless but they say you can get some useful organic noise and bleeping sounds out of it with your eyes closed.
You can play it on a tabletop but they also recommend picking it up and playing it like a game console controller. The touch plates work on the resistance of your fingers depending on water content and so the sound can vary depending on the body part and degree of moistness (Ewwww!).
It’s simple, fun, great for workshops and DIY. The sound generation defies explanation which is why they call it “experimental”.
It comes with either blue or red LEDs and there will be a black version along down the line. Blind Noise costs €99.
- Error instruments website.
- Error Instruments Blind Noise: Error Instruments