By Giuseppe Acito


The future of capacitive touch screens interaction

Created by Florian BornModulares Interface B.A. is a physical interface for iPad comprised of knobs, buttons and sliders to provide precision and haptic feedback when operating a digital interface.

Multi-touch devices like the iPad have become more and more popular over the last couple of years. Nowadays they are not only used for browsing and sending e-mails, but also as a medium for new fields of applications. One particular thing of multi-touch devices is in need of improvement: It is the lack of haptic feedback, which makes it difficult to set parameters precisely.
Regarding to this problem the project has been developed to provide a variety of physical controllers. These controllers expand the usage of a touch device with a haptic feedback while adjusting parameters. By using magnets, the different controllers can easily be arranged onto the iPad. A modular interface appears, which uses a given device just like the iPad.
The system contains three different parts:
– The physical controllers (button, slider and knob), made out of conductive aluminium to pass on the electrical discharge of the human skin.
– A frame, made out of aluminium and plastic, in which the iPad is inserted. The edge of the frame has embedded magnets, making it possible to position the controller precisely and easily.
– The software, running as an app on the iPad. It organizes the control elements and sends the parameters to the corresponding software, which is controlled by the modular interface.

From Hasso Plattner Institute site :

“Recent research proposes augmenting capacitive touch pads with tangible objects, enabling a new generation of mobile applications enhanced with tangible objects, such as game pieces and tangible controllers. In this paper, we extend the concept to capacitive tangibles consisting of multiple parts, such as stackable gaming pieces and tangible widgets with moving parts. We achieve this using a system of wires and connectors inside each block that causes the capacitance of the bottom-most block to reflect the entire assembly. We demonstrate three types of tangibles, called CapStones, Zebra Dials and Zebra Sliders that work with current consumer hardware and investigate what designs may become possible as touchscreen hardware evolves.”

Toa Mata Band on tour News

After a few months from the publication of Episode 3, I’m very proud to announce that the Toa Mata Band will be on tour in the last months of 2014 and for all 2015.

The live-set is growing up, It will be a blend of improvisation and sequenced parts playing on analog drums and also by introducing new digital devices.Soon a short demo filmed live in studio.

One of the next date will be a pleasant participation at Cafe Neu Romance, the first international Robot Performance Festival in the End of November 2014 at Galerie NTK Prague Czech Rep.

For more info about the tour date take a look to my profile on Bandsintown

Everybody who loves music should know

The Distortion of Sound is a documentary about the decline of sound quality and how technology has changed the way we listen to music. It will open your ears and inspire you to reach for richer, more soul-stirring musical experiences. Hear it all at

Imitone : audio to MIDI app

Audio to midi process is not really a “brand new” but this seems working very good… Much more expressive and dynamic than other devices I know! The Kickstarter fundraiser project by Evan Balstersoon is gone, but
he promise that this app for Mac & Windows will be soon avaiable for sale.

Imitone is a “real-time, low-latency, monophonic audio-to-midi controller”. It is designed to be simple enough for a child to use, elegant enough to do its job with no set-up whatsoever and powerful enough to compose a symphony.

Imitone offers live pitch detection competitive with the best available, with superior latency and MIDI sequencing. Its unique core technology, combined with a streamlined design, make it a tool with unprecedented potential for creatively empowering musicians of all experience levels.

Its features include:

Volume control (instant and continuous modes)
Scale selection
Vibrato detection
Pitch slide (bend + glide)
Octave shift
Automatic scale/key detection (stretch goal hit!)
Percussion control mode (stretch goal hit!)
Hardware output
Audio / MIDI file support
VST Version (stretch goal hit!)

For more info:

Cubled: my last work!

This video is a showcase of an audiovisual and interactive installation of sounds and lights called Cubled. It consist of 27 luminous spheres arranged in space to forming a cube 5 mt per side who floats on the stage. The structure made of steel wires, RGB L.E.D-strips and Ikea paper lanterns, is inspired to Matrix 3D mathematics theory applied to electronics, where each crossing point of 3 rows and 9 columns is a combination of high-level (columns) and low-level (rows) electric voltage that actuates the light inside each ball. The system is MIDI controlled, the notes generated by a sequencer are converted to electric signals thru Arduino UNO and a Mosfet driver. No DMX device was used for this system who is 12V DC powered, with slim electric wires in order to give the lightness needed to this installation. In this clip, the performance is splitted in 2 parts: in the first a kit of electronic percussion is “played” live by a step sequencer named Sonic Fraction Beatdown (a Max\MSP device for Ableton Live), the combinations of 12 MIDI notes generated are linked to the spheres. In the second part the combinations of sounds and lights are pre-programmed patterns clip and performed live by a Tenori-on Yamaha and Ableton Live. The installation was mounted inside the Link Club (Bologna – Italy) in December 2013, which hosted some world-famous DJ set, during a month of permanence.


Artwork : Giuseppe Acito
Camera: Peter Borgia
Rigging: Ale Dimonte
Produced: Link Associated

Cubled sketch3



Toa Mata Band Live 28\12\2013

Toa Mata 10 by Giampiero Acito
Toa Mata 10, a photo by Giampiero Acito on Flickr.

Project your own synthesizer with Patchblocks

Software patching goes hardware! Patchblocks allows you to program your own synthesizer modules. Be part of our community and share your creations online at:

What is the Touch Board?

The Touch Board is a tool to make your projects interactive, responsive, smart or just fun. Use the Touch Board to change the world around you by turning almost any material or surface into a sensor. Connect anything conductive to one of its 12 electrodes and trigger a sound via its onboard MP3 player, play a MIDI note or do anything else that you might do with an Arduino or Arduino-compatible device.

We’ve worked hard to pack the Touch Board with awesome features:

  • Touch sensing – The world is your interface! 
  • Distance sensing – You don’t need to touch your sensors to use them!
  • No programming required - Unless you want to!
  • Arduino-compatible – Easy to program and works with popular shields
  • Works great with Electric Paint - Or any other conductive material
  • MP3 Player / MIDI device - Make a symphony of sounds!
  • MicroSD card socket - Change the sounds just by changing the card
  • Standard 3.5mm audio jack - Works with headphones and speakers
  • Lithium Polymer (LiPo) - Stand alone projects that recharge via USB
  • HID capable - Turn the Touch Board into a keyboard or mouse

Support this Kikstarter project by Bare Conductive here : Touch Board

Bleep Drum + MIDI

The Bleep Drum has been upgraded with full MIDI control.
Now you can trigger the four samples, toggle noise and reverse modes, as well as change the pitch of all four samples with any device that can send MIDI.
Retrofit kits available to upgrade any previous Bleep or Dam Drum.

Order now at

The Aleph after Monome

A first look to ALEPH prototype, an open-source soundcomputer from Monome laboratories.

  • It’s a powerefull synthesizer, noise machine, rapidly modifiable instrument. a platform for experimental practice and organic discovery.
  • connect grid controllers, modular synths, midi keys, stomp boxes, gamepads, hand-made circuits. for more direct control and uncommon pairings.
  • dynamically arrange control mappings with unprecedented flexibility. create software control sources such as modulators, logical operators, aleatoric processes, sequencers. all quickly storable and recallable.
  •  designed for community engagement, a benefit for musicians and developers alike. an exceptional educational tool. the library of uses and possibilities can only grow.