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Martin Kaltenbrunner by Mind Map: Martin Kaltenbrunner
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Martin Kaltenbrunner

Martin Kaltenbrunner is Professor at the Interface Culture Lab at the University of Art and Design in Linz. Before his return to Austria he worked as researcher and lecturer at the Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, at the MIT Medialab Europe in Dublin, as well as further European universities. As co-founder of Reactable Systems he had been mainly responsible for the interaction design concepts behind the Reactable, which has been successfully introduced by renowned artists such as Björk. The instrument has been shown at several international media art and music festivals, and was awarded with the Golden Nica for Digital Music, two D&AD Yellow Pencils and the Prize of the City of Barcelona. Kaltenbrunner publishes in the context of human computer interaction conferences and his influential research on tangible interface tools has been employed for the realization of numerous artistic and scientific projects in that area.


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A digital luthier

Today's instruments are built on the same principles as those found 35,000 years ago

limited by physics

inventors started creating electronic music

the basic synthesizer was born



Bob Moog

synthesizer to the masses

in the hands of musicians


analog circuits

Digital usage

took a weekend to record a song

DX7 Yamaha

even more masses reached

PC's enable many more to join in

DSP, digital signal processing

Max Matthews

Maximus PC

Today we're using computers to make music

it's capable

it's cheap

it's not engaging

for the audience

for the musician


started with pipe organs

a controller and a producer

People start building remote controllers for their own style



cocktail shaker




React table

tangible, physical objects

ability to build physical sound


graphic programing language

blocks have meaning

to generate sound

Visual feedback

a collaborative instrument

but intuitive for beginners

and professional enough for professionals

Legos for sound

also for iPad!

iPhone, Android