Konkreet Performer: iPad App Lets Musicians Control Their Instruments By Manipulating Geometric Shapes In Real Time [video]

Konkreet Performer is an OSC music control and performance instrument created by Berlin based Konkreet Labs collective. Instead of faders and knobs, Performer allows you to remotely operate music or visual software on your computer, using interactive visualisations. Any software that allows OSC input can be controlled. These include more traditional music making apps such as Ableton Live (shown in the video) or custom built applications created using Processing, oF, MaxMSP or other.

The heart of Performer is the control object, an abstract graphic element, made out of up to 10 nodes. Combine up to 3 graphical layers to design the look of this object. This object can be moved around as a whole. Zoom, turn, throw, distort and reshape it across the screen. The app also has the ability to save the shape of your objects (and hence the sound that they represent) into 8 snapshots, organised into 8 banks, i.e. 64 slots in total. In addition there is also ribbon controller allowing you to for example control pitch bend while simultaneously manipulating the other sound parameters using the Performer object.

Also coming soon to the Performer is native MIDI Support as well as “Visualiser”, a Mac/PC application that mirrors everything you’re doing on the iPad screen.

Konkreet Performer iPad app is available for $24,99 in the app store…



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