Transforming everyday objects into musical instruments

Product: mogees

Mogees transform physical objects into musical instruments and games using a vibration sensor and a series of apps for smartphones and desktop. Mogees pioneered vibration-based interaction with Interactive Machine Learning (IML). After a campaign on Kickstarter in 2014, Mogees was used both by common users and artists such as Rodrigo y Gabriela, Jean-Michel Jarre and Plaid.

The algorithms implemented in these apps employ a special version of physical modelling sound synthesis, where the vibration produced by users when interacting with the physical object are used as exciter for a digital resonator which runs in the app. The result is a hybrid, half acoustic and half digital sound which is a function of both software and acoustic properties of the physical object the users decide to play.