When music meets interactive design

Can you briefly walk us through these projects’ concept and technical parts?

Every installation has a theme, for example, last Elle Decor exhibition was about media activities house. I usually work with art directors and project managers to understand what is possible to do, but my favourite approach is starting from the last recent technologies and think how to use them for our purposes.

For these installations, you used immersive technologies and Bare Conductive was among them. What’s your experience of using our tools? How do you assess their contribution to the projects’ context?

I bought my first Bare Conductive Electric Paint at Maker Faire Rome in 2013, and I supported the Touch Board when it was first launched on Kickstarter. I used to use Arduino and MPR121 for tactile projects, but when the Touch Board was released it saved me a lot of time. I use it with conductive objects or Electric Paint to trigger mapped videos, lights and sound. Moreover, I love to “solder” with Electric Paint because there are situations that there’s no power near the project I’m building.

As a musician who’s also working as a designer, how do you think technology and IoT affect these two areas?

From my experience the most recent technology and IoT tools and applications allow makers and musicians to create new experiences easily and with a minimum cost. For example, I’ve created a midi controller using an induction hob in a few days and for my musical project “Holograph” I’m able to control a light installation with Arduino without having expensive and bulky light consoles.

What challenges did you encounter working with the Touch Board and Electric Paint?

Sometimes during the exhibition customers can’t understand how to operate with an interactive wall because it’s something new and not so common to see. It’s very funny to see the wonder in their faces when by touching a painted drawing, a sound or image come to life through projection.

Images & Video: Dario Marturano

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