Ideas //

Over the chrismas period have brainstormed all topics of electronic music and really asked myself, what tools would help musicians / DJs control and do everything they want? Here are a few of my favourite concepts...

 

All of the ideas were thought about carefully, and i created small patches on Max/MSP for the audio control of each concept. With continuing my research i began to realise there was a much bigger market need and position for a 'performance' tool rather than a 'production' tool, so i started to concept ideas of new ways to play music live, and build on my idea of the 'Touch-Screen' Turntables. With the ideas i had for the Touch-screen turntables, it was a new way of 'Touching and Seeing' music.

I wanted to play with the idea of using Touch-Screens in my product; i feel using the versitility of Touch-Screens would provide the best interaction between human and digital music. So i started to design interfaces to play and control digital songs ie. .mp3 files. Here are a few of the interfaces i came up with...

 

Conveyor Belt //

My idea of the music travelling vertically upwards was inspired from the motion of a conveyor belt. I really liked the idea of the music just flowing round and round. Applying this design to a touchscreen would work great. I have placed a window over the model of the conveyor belt to show a possible interface on a touch-screen.

 

I asked a few DJs which they would feel best to use and which ones i should take forward in my design process, and it was clear that the vertical travelling song was most popular and the the one to work on. I started to refine the concept and develop the interface and how it could be used. It was clear that it would make a good way to use it like a turntable, using two touchscreens and a traditional mixing controller would work nicely as a set of 'decks'.

Inspirations //

One of my biggest inspirations for the aesthetics of my product has been the classic synthesizers made my 'MOOG' (who now are the official manufacturers of Theremins, See Research / Technology). I love the rolled aluminium casing with the highly finished wooden sides. This has been a strong inspiration for one of my design solutions. I like the idea of using these techneques and materials to use on my product, its oldests meets newest...

Inspirations //  One of my biggest inspirations for the aesthetics of my product has been the classic synthesizers made my 'MOOG' (who now are the official manufacturers of Theremins, See Research / Technology). I love the rolled aluminium casing with the

Sketching //

I now needed to begin designing the product itself so i had lots of sketches of how it would look and i began questioning myself about what materials and size it would be, all relative to the human hand because that is the direct interaction with the product. It has to feel good to touch and i think the casing of the screen needs to be quite minimal because i want to have the scren contoling everything, the product in general must be simple and easy to use. It woud be good piece of interaction design going by the complexity of its capabilties and the simplicity of the interaction with the user.

 

I began to get an idea of what the product is going to look like. My User Research helped me design the shape and size of iti liked the idea of having the main body of the casing rolled aluminium with highly finished wooden sides and the screen embedded into this casing. I want to keep the design of the product simple yet refreshing and easy to use, friendly to all users.

 

 

My concept became more refined and the shape began to take it's form, here are some images...

 

 

 

I began to create a brand image for the product, i like the black white grey and lime colour scheme i have been using throught my project and on my website and i now have a tag line,' setting the record straight...'