Late pass alert!!!

Previously, when I went on a trip to Melbourne for Big Day Out, I managed to catch Bjork who eclipsed expectations. During her concert, there was this table thing that made noises as objects were shifted on it. I now learn that its actually Bjork’s producer, Damian Taylor fiddling with the reactable.

The reactable is being developed by Music Technology Group within the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain and Bjork is one of the artists that have started to use it on tour. As you can see in the pic above, its really a big, flat, round, illuminated table which reacts as you place objects on it. These objects have hieroglyphs printed on them that tell the table how to react, be it producing a sound or effecting other objects. You  pretty much have a whole lot of control over pitch, volume,  wavelength and how the sounds combine and move together. This is what makes the reactable different from a normal synthesizer. It allows you to effectively play many instruments that can mould and shape noise and sound as they are moved around each other.

But this is obviously one of those things that you have to see to believe.