This interactive sound installation explores the idea of reappropriating analogue tape technology for use as a musical instrument. A tangible user interface, taking the form of a glove is worn by the participant as they are invited to interact with an analogue tape surface. This piece intends to explore the somewhat obsolete medium of tape through a playful and sonically interesting experience.
The glove itself has two tape-heads embedded into the index and middle finger, which allows for user interaction with the tape surface. Hundreds of vertically aligned strips of magnetic cassette tape make up the surface, which is comprised of audio material taken from a variety of cassette tapes. As the glove comes in contact with the tape, a sound is generated and can then be manipulated via the participants hand movements and gestures. Each movement can effect both the pitch and the tone of the resultant sound, allowing the user to essentially play the tape as an instrument.
The piece is created by Signal to Noise, a collaborative artistic venture between Oliver Wilshen and Niall Quinn.