The German company’s 2.4SINK device uses IoT networks to disrupt the way electronic music producers make music. Founded in Kiel in 2018, the startup uses technology to lower the learning curve on electronic music production and create exciting stage performances.
Dance to the Music
Many fans of electronic music have noticed the challenge that comes with creating a connection with a crowd from behind a laptop. Instruments of Things has developed a patented sensor and the 2.4SINK device.
Users can connect the 2.4SINK with up to 16 sensor devices. The motion of the sensors generates data that the device translates into musical elements. Overall, this makes for a vibrant and active stage performance which is more visually stimulating than traditional electronic music performances.
Additionally, producing electronic music requires a wide range of technical knowledge before a musician can write a full piece. Using tactile tools instead of standard controllers can pave the way for smoother learning and a faster road to music production.
Side by Side
Other companies on the market have played with the idea of sensor-based musical instruments. Companies have successfully jumpstarted the development of their devices through crowdfunding projects.
The 2.4SINK has raised funding via Kickstarter to the tune of 23,093 EUR. The basic kit for the device costs 499 EUR. This includes the 2.4SINK along with 2 patented sensors and 2 mounting bands.
Similarly, the MI:MU is another wearable device for electronic music production. Developed by scientists and musician Imogen Heap, these gloves use hand motions and signals to modulate pitch, tone, and various effects based on programming. 90 backers successfully funded the project at 149,700 EUR. The device costs 2,000 EUR for a pair of gloves. MI:MU and Instruments of Things plan to distribute their products in 2019.
Finally, the OTOTO is a playful device that allows you to create music through electrical waves via metal contacts. The instrument was funded for 83,000 EUR and sells for around 73 EUR for a basic kit.
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