Not with your fingers though, but using cigarettes. Yes, cigarettes. Them cancer sticks have a productive outlet after all aside from poisoning your lungs. Called the Ziggybox, this synthesizer allows smokers to produce sounds by interacting with its contents.
An experiment in human and software collaboration, the Ziggybox is supposed to showcase how a musical outlet can be embedded in the mundane objects that clutter our environment. If that sounded a tad vague, here are a few words from the makers:
The aim of this project is to enable access and control of a complex, digital environment, which is not usually transparent and under-standable for the common visitor. Our intention is to show that it is possible to conceptualize the creative utilisation of computer software in a casual way, by an interface, which initially seems to be unsophisticated in its manipulation. With this, the user is able to easily approach and control the system functionality of Ziggybox.
As the use of everyday objects are familiar to all, the interface serves as an open and easily approachable invitation for use. With this type of interface, where digital and physical boarders are blurred, it helps to open up a new relationship between technology and humans.
Expect more like minded experiments to pop up in the future. We may not be in the 80s anymore, but the synthesizer is here to stay.
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