Noisy jelly is a game where the player has to cook and shape his own musical material, based on coloured jelly.
With this noisy chemistry lab, the gamer will create his own jelly with water and a few grams of agar agar powder. After added different color, the mix is then pour in the molds. 10 min later, the jelly shape can then be placed on the game board,and by touching the shape, the gamer will activate different sounds.
Technically, the game board is a capacitive sensor, and the variations of the shape and their salt concentration, the distance and the strength of the finger contact are detected and transform into an audio signal.
This object aims to demonstrate that electronic can have a new aesthetic, and be envisaged as a malleable material, which has to be manipulated and experimented.
I’m not typically prone to hyperbole, but I have to say, this is one of the coolest things I have ever seen in my entire life.
Noisy Jelly is a glorious game where players start as chefs and end as musicians.
With this noisy chemistry lab, the gamer will create his own jelly [jello] with water and a few grams of agar powder. After adding different colorings, the mix is then poured into molds. Ten minutes later, the jelly shape can be placed on the game board, and by touching the shape, the gamer will activate different sounds.
The “game board” is actually a capacitive sensor using Arduino and Max/Msp. It detects and creates audio signals by transforming variations in the shape and salt concentration of the jello instruments and the distance and strength of the finger contact.
The Noisy Jelly Makers are Raphaël Pluvinage and Marianne Cauvard. They created the working Noisy Jelly prototype for their thesis project as students at L’Ensci Les Ateliers in Paris. Their mission was “to demonstrate that electronics can have a new aesthetic, and be envisaged as a malleable material, which has to be manipulated and experimented”. Um…mission accomplished!
These two creatives have amazing careers ahead of them. I love everything about Noisy Jelly right down to the miniature musical Devo energy dome! Hopefully somebody will program and produce a bunch of the game boards and kits for the rest of us!
Thanks to Roland Cahen for his help (especially sorting out with Max/Msp)
Photo credit: Véronique HUYGHE
Music credit : “Whip it” of Devo
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