The tactile modality is key for mastering and playing music instruments. But in our western society touch is one of the biggest taboos. Touching strangers is invading personal space, unwanted intimacy and can even be considered harassment. So what happens if you combine these two?
Con.tact stimulates physical touch through music. This playful improvisation tool can be used as an icebreaker to bring musicians closer, having a positive effect on communication and freedom of expression. Through live sampling and touch, the player can alter and loop pre-recorded samples, creating unique soundscapes. The soundscape can only be activated by touching others. This human-human interaction, mediated by con.tact, results in a temporary alternative reality where touching strangers is considered normal. When two controllers of Con.tact meet, the sound samples of both intertwine which gives surprising effects.
Con.tact uses capacitive sensing as technology. The capacitance of the touched subject affects pre-recorded sounds in a PureData patch. Every person has a different capacitance profile, thus the soundscape that the musician can make is never the same.