Exploring the many ways to make music, the Theometrica by Oscar Palou & Alexander Müller-Rakow is a synthesizer interface inspired by acupuncture.
The sound of the instrument is controlled through the insertion and manipulation of needles in a spinning disk. A laser then measures the position of the needles as the disk moves. The design of the interface will translate geometric groupings into sound events in real time, similar to a traditional crank music box.
The development of this prototype starts a research process which aims to explore the correlation between geometry, probability and synthesis sound generation, with a focus in performance.
The Theometrica was on display at Designtransfer Berlin in 2013.