Thanks for reading, this part of SoundPrismHowto is experimental and contains parts (mostly videos) of our blog posts. If you would like to read the full stories which sometimes include information about the scientific background of SoundPrism, please visit audanika.tumblr.com (link opens in a new window or tab).
The mission of Audanika is the following:
1. We want to create musical interfaces that reduce the coding process: We assume that the better a musical interface corresponds to the musical imagination the less coding is required. Less coding means a better musical progress, more time for musical ideas, less practicing, more making music. Our dream is that one day anyone will be able to express their own emotions musically.
2. We want to create musical interfaces that stimulate the musical imagination: A certain musical imagination can be the origin of a musical idea. Vice versa playing a new musical instrument can extend existing musical imaginations or create new ones. Our instruments shall have interfaces you have never seen before. By using them you are going to encounter completely new musical ideas.
3. We want to create musical interfaces that motivate to think about musical logic, to improvise and to compose: Active music creation stimulates the linkage of the left and right brain hemisphere. The reason for that is that music creation is both, an intuitive and creative activity on the one hand and a logic thinking process at the other. If a musical instrumentâs interface is logical, it will motivate to think about music. Instead of memorizing patterns you will understand relationships and make better musical decisions.
Originally the interface of SoundPrism was circular. But we realized that a rectangular version is much better to control, although the circular version is easier to understand.
When you move the pitch selection over the upper end then it will appear at the bottom.
If we want to create instruments based on musical circles like the circle of fifths, a chromatic circle, a diatonic one or also a circle of thirds we have one problem: These circles tell us nothing about how to assign different octaves to the pitch classes contained. The reason for that is that this circles do not contain pitches. Furthermore they contain pitch classes. A pitch class is a kind of pitch where it is not clear at which octave it has to be played. Or in other words: All Cs hat the piano have the same pitch class. To solve this problem we need a model that tells us how to locate different octaves of a given pitch class at our instruments surface. And such an model is the pitch class - pitch height space or relation, first proposed by M. W. Drobisch in 1855.
A quick video tutorial by Gabriel:
Another quick video tutorial by Sebastian:
Here's an example of what you can do with SoundPrism Pro after some practise.