SketchSynth: A Drawable OSC Control Surface

Billy Keyes shows off his final project for Interactive Art and Computational Design at Carnegie Mellon University.

SketchSynth lets anyone create their own control panels with just a marker and a piece of paper. Once drawn, the controller sends Open Sound Control (OSC) messages to anything that can receive them; in this case, a simple synthesizer running in Pure Data. It’s a fun toy that also demonstrates the possibilities of adding digital interaction to sketched or otherwise non-digital interfaces.


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