panGenerator's Dodecaudion is a 12-faced music controller that can trigger audio or video via external hardware, when a performer approaches any of the IR distance sensors at each face
The Dodecaudion is described as a simple gestural, spatial musical interface which is suspended from the ceiling and produces sounds as a performer approaches any of the IR distance sensors pointing out from each of its 12 faces
Each IR distance sensor is connected to a custom-made Arduino shield which collects the incoming data
The belly of the beast: 12 IR distance sensors, a custom Arduino shield and a Bluetooth modem
The electronics are housed in a 3D-printed skeleton featuring laser-cut aluminum elements
An exploded Dodecaudion
Close up of one of Dodecaudion's "eyes"
At the moment, the Dodecaudion is suspended from strings but the developers are working on a special stand for practical real-life performance
The Dodecaudion being used to great effect at a recent TED Talk in Warsaw, Poland
Moving around the stage while performing is a whole lot easier with instruments such as the Vortex or Kitara than with something like the mighty JUPITER-80. Innovations like Onyx Ashanti's Beatjazz hands or the Air Piano from Omer Yosha go even further, by making movement a vital part of the music creation process. Such is the case with the Dodecaudion from Polish art and design group panGenerator. When a performer places a hand, foot, head or other part of the body in front of any of its 12 IR-sensor-packing faces, wirelessly-linked processing hardware generates pre-programmed audio or visuals.
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