“PUSH TURN MOVE – Interface Design in Electronic Music” in an intriguing collection of interface examples, examination of control elements, gear, artist interviews, more gear and visualised concepts. Created by Kim Bjørn it aims to chart the interface design of music technology product.
But to produce the book in sufficient quantities and to make it a viable project, he’s turned to Kickstarter. Within minutes of it was fully funded. So the only question that remains is whether you want the t-shirt as well as the book.
PUSH TURN MOVE
It’s a nice big coffee table sort of affair, which will set you back €39 (now that the Super Early Birds have all gone). What appeals to me is that it’s sort of a snapshot in time. It captures what music technology is all about in the late 20-teens. We have come out of the other side of computer music dominance and as human beings, we have demanded more than a mouse for our music making. The last few years have seen an explosion in hardware and human interaction. That means interfaces, that means surfaces on which we can take control, arrays of parameter knobs, sliders, strips and magnetic fields. Push Turn Move seems to capture the essence and excitement of that in laying bare that connection between human and machine.
The book talks about contemporary and vintage synths, drum machines, DJ controllers and then back into software and apps and how that interaction occurs. Kim goes on to examine principles and techniques for interface design. Getting down to workflows, usability and all the way to the individual nature of controls like knobs, faders, touch-strips and joysticks.
It’s full of interviews with over 20 artists, brands and technology makers to discover how they have shaped and been shaped by the world of electronic music. The list includes Roland, Native Instruments, Roger Linn, Dave Smith, Suzanne Ciani and Richard Divine amongst others. Jean-Michel Jarre was so impressed with the project that he offered to write the forward. It looks stunning as a piece of work and would look great on the coffee table of anyone with the slightest interest in music technology and design.
So, head over the Kickstarter, back the project and get yourself a copy of Push Turn Move before it reaches its retail price. Should arrive in September. Give them enough Danish Krone and you can get your name in the book and have it signed by Kim and Jean-Michel.