Keyboard for VJs

VJ Musical Instrument from Dhruv on Vimeo.

The project came out of a collaboration between Naomi Lea and myself. She was interested in creating a simple to use VJ instrument, and I in creating a grand experience for the audience.

The interface needed to be simple enough that the VJ can use it without focussing on it too much. But the visuals needed be expressing and impressive at the same time.
The software was developed in Open Frameworks, and the hardware in Arduino using Peizoelectric sensors. These sensors respond on impact, not touch. So the VJ can control the intensity of ‘explosions’ by tapping harder or softer.

ofxPhyllotaxis was the library used as a base for visual experiementation and development. It was edited to create a more immersive experience.