The Stone Pad is a new musical instrument developed by Ryu Yamamoto, a Japanese researcher in Fabrica’s Design team and Leonardo Amico, an Italian researcher in Fabrica’s Interaction team.

It imitates the Mohs scale, linking each stone to a specific sound, so that musicians can play their music using the stones as if they were piano keys. It is linked to Fabrica's latest music project: MOHS, the first outcome of Objectified Mp3, a major project that involves all of Fabrica’s creative areas and aims to reinvent the way that Fabrica produces, distributes and enhances its music.

Given that music is now a largely digital experience, and physicality is removed or at least transposed, what else could we create around the distribution, discovery and listening experiences? Fabrica’s researchers started from this question, with the intention to create several new forms of music media.

Video by Carolyne Rhéaume
Music by Jhon William Castaño Montoya

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