say Hello to KONKREET PERFORMER from Konkreet Labs on Vimeo.

Berlin-based artist Shai Levy of Konkreet Labs shares their upcoming Konkreet Performer, an OSC controller application running on iOS that combines touch control with interactive visualization. The experience rethinks what A/V performance control could be, with a wild, alien interface of circles and particles interconnected with delicate meshes of lines.

If you’re in Berlin, there’s a performance tomorrow evening (I’m not, so send pics!):

Shai also has more to say on our own Noisepages community (which is launching in full form very, very soon, by the way). Excerpt:

and then came the iPhone and the stream of new music apps grew by the day. we could see the potential of using this platform to be used as a controller, but were literally shocked to see faders and knobs being repeatedly cloned from the old physical interfaces down to the flat, yet very powerful domain of the tablets.

so we came up with Konkreet Performer! and because it’s not out yet, i’m really dying to tell you how it is to work with:
we use OSCulator to map it to our DAW of choice. so far we’ve experimented mosly with Ableton Live and Kore2.

the first thing you experience while working with KP is the good old magic of “happy accidents”.

Join in on the discussion on the intriguingly-named “We Are Artists,” which proposes asking deep questions about what it means to be an artist on these media:
Noisepages Groups: introducing Konkreet Performer

(By the way, feel free to use the Facebook login without fear it’ll litter your wall – it takes your email, once, to check to see if we already have an account for you, and then posts just once to the wall to share that you’ve signed up.)

Stay tuned for more on Konkreet Performer; it’s due early in 2011.

  • andrew zero

    I think I just peed a little.

  • Michael Coelho

    As an iPad user, I'm very intrigued. I'd love to know more about how the interface maps to program paramaters. Are there multiple interfaces that allow multiple parameters to interact in different ways? This would be killer with some of the Reaktor instruments such as Metaphysical Function.

  • Justyn

    Would Quite Like that please

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  • Radiophobic

    Generally I don't find myself to excited about alternative interfaces, but what they put together there seemed to make a lot of sense. You can tell what is happening just from watching it, even though its completely unconventional.

  • kkonkkrete

    Hello Konkreet, I'm kkonkkrete, nice to meet you

    (just following instructions)

  • Vincent

    looks great and sounds good.
    Is this a musical instrument or a sound manipulation device? the borders seem to blur with these new interfaces. A key paradigm that all traditional instruments share is that you can put one note, which can be abstracted, after another in a "meaningful" way (rhythm, pitch…). I don't really see that here. It's rather about messing with sound, which can be a great thing, too.

  • Peter Kirn

    I think it's a controller, in that it doesn't have a sound source. I think once you add the sound source, you can add it as an instrument. Otherwise, it's a sort of "what's the sound of one hand making multitouch gestures?" situation.

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  • fab

    I met them a few days ago, and took another short video of the device. Looks very cool. Also I got some more details about how it works, etc. I guess links are not allowed here, but you'll find the article on the ANR homepage. Thanks.

  • why is it they never give a price on these things..or did they and I missed it?

  • I acutllay found this more entertaining than James Joyce.