The Tangible Music Lab is an artistic research group within the Institute of Media Studies at the University of Art and Design in Linz, Austria. Led by Prof. Dr. Martin Kaltenbrunner the interdisciplinary team experimentally explores the physical aspects of musical human machine interaction. We primarily but not exclusively develop novel musical interfaces with a focus on tangible interaction design, which are generally evaluated in direct artistic research practice.

Situated between art and technology, the design of digital musical instruments is an ideal experimentation field for art-based research. Tangible User Interfaces promise to provide a new approach to post-digital instrument design, which allows to reinterpret the physical value of well established cultural techniques and design patterns from traditional lutherie in combination with novel interaction design and digital processing.

Most of our instrument hardware and software components are made available as Open Source software and Open Design tools, in order to contribute to the further development in these research fields.


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