Soundmachines – The Optical Turntable

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The Optical Turntable, an instrument for performing electronic music

The Optical Turntable is composed with three units, all separated from each other. The optical reader translates visual patterns into electrical signals for further processing in a music software. The three records are holding three tracks each with different sounds fx and rhythms. The optical reader interprets the pattern’s variation on the record.

This project has been created by The Product, a Berlin-based studio who conceives design concepts. The project, in cooperation with the sounddesigner/producer Yannick Labbé of TRICKSKI, premiered on the Volkswagen New Beetle stand at the IAA motor show in 2011.

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