The Orbe

Another sonic instrument seen at Cybersonica:

Orbe is a kinestheic synthesiser for group musical improvisation, created by London-based interaction designers Amjad Chaudry and Vikesh Bhatt.


The Orbe is meant for up to five users to collaborate in creating music. The instrument bears no text, icons or reference to any language of either music or synthesis, which frees players to concentrate on hearing, touch, eye contact and dance, for group jamming. You hug one of the translucent globes, move them vertically, trigger sound with button horizontally and listen to the pitch and tone warp.

The designers are exploring possible uses of Orbe by visually impaired and disabled youngsters or simply as a fun, interactive product at parties.

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