About this project
We met so many people in the last few weeks, experimenting with new ways to play with Mogees.
In Delhi Bruno met Namrata, Kathak dancer, and asked her to play Mogees with her feet.
In India we met Murray Molloy, an extraordinary sword swallower who amazed us with his performance! Here an extreme practice performed with Mogees.
Here below you can see Vicente Amigo - one of the most important flamenco composers and virtuoso guitarists in the world - and Rodrigo (from Rodrigo y Gabriela) playing Mogees at the pub.
Here you can see an amazing juggler performing with Mogees in front of us in Barcelona.
This breakdancer played Mogees in "song mode" to add musical expressivity to his movements, in front of the SouthBank Centre in London.
Thank you for all of your help in getting us to hit our main target !
We've had lots of parents enquire whether Mogees can be used by young children. So we want to create a version of Mogees aimed specifically at younger school age kids that will play nursery rhymes and feature other educational games.
As we have hit our stretch goal of £75,000, we will release a "Junior Mogees" aimed at the education market. Thankyou for all your support.
So Pledge away – and be sure to tell your friends!
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What is Mogees - and how does it work?
Mogees is an innovative new way for everyone to let their musical imagination run wild, transforming the objects around us into unique and powerful musical instruments.
Mogees consists of a mobile app and a small sensor that detects and analyses the vibrations that we make when we interact with the objects around us. It uses a special sound technique to alter their acoustic properties so as to make them musical.
Above all, it's about everyone making beautiful music out of ordinary objects. Just plug it in and play the world. If you have 90 seconds, watch the video below, in which the 10 year old son of one of our friends plays Mogees in song mode:
Any time, any place, any object!
Mogees lets everyone – regardless of their musical or technical abilities – express themselves in what for many will be an entirely new medium. The creative and musical dimensions that Mogees adds to life - whether planned or improvised, professional or novice - makes for exciting, creative musical experiences.
People who love Mogees
Bruno jams on Mogees with Rodrigo Sanchez, half of the hit duo Rodrigo y Gabriela, on the video below. See them playing "Tamacun" - featured in "Breaking Bad" and one of the band's best-known hits:
Bruno has been performing with British experimental dance music pioneers Plaid, who are signed to Warp Records. This collaboration culminated in the EL EX music video, with all of the sounds you hear created using Mogees. Different characters can be seen performing in the streets of London using everyday objects such as a radiator, a fence, a staircase and by moving coins on a table.
Plaid and Bruno will be performing live again for the tour of Plaid’s new upcoming album from June 2014.
We’re working every day to improve the app and add new features. Here’s a quick taste of what it can do today :
1. Sounds presets : Select different sound presets and associate them to the objects you play.
2. Free Mode : The free mode lets you improvise completely. Find new ways to produce different notes and timbres by exploring how to play physical objects using different gestures using bare hands or anything you can find around you. Through the app, you can also select the musical notes and timbres that you want the system to associate to your gestures.
3. Song Mode : You can also use Mogees to play and re-interpret your favorite tunes. Just use the app to load a MIDI file of the song you want to play and you are ready to go.
4. Capture : The Capture function allows you to capture the natural sound properties of your gestures and convert it to a sound preset. In this way, you can apply the sound properties from one object to another. You might like to play a tree with the acoustic properties of a glass, or a bicycle with the properties of an ice cube. The limits are only your imagination !
5. Backing track : Play along with a backing track. Use our pre-loaded loops or record/import your own audio files.
Features only available in the PRO App
6. Acoustic properties : Achieve total control on the sounds you create by accessing the advanced Mogees synthesis parameters. Customise the sounds you capture or create brand new ones.
7. Remote Mode : Synchronise your Mogees performances to your computer remotely. Use Ableton Live or other computer software to send OSC messages to the app and control all the parameters in real time.
8. DMX control : Control lights remotely using Mogees! The Mogees app can generate ARTNET messages on the fly to control any DMX-compatible light system via WiFi.
Currently supported devices
Hardware: iPhone 4 and above, iPad 2 and above, iPod 5th Gen.
Operating system: iOS6 or above
Hardware: Samsung / HTC / LG / Nexus / Motorola / Sony devices (phone / tablet) with a 3.5mm combined microphone / headphone socket.
Operating system: Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) or above.
Meet the Team
From left to right:
- First prize at Laval Virtual 2012, 14th International conference on Virtual Reality and Converging Technology in the “Interfaces and materials” category.
- Nominee for the ICT Spring Europe Innovation of the Year 2012
- Prize “Jeune chercheur” (young researcher) 2012 in Science and Music, conferred by IRISA (Institut de Recherche en Informatique et Systèmes Aléatoires) at the “Day of Science and Music 2012″ on October 13, 2012.
Design & Prototypes
Above: The current CAD design for the body of the sensor.
The final version won't have a battery. Through re-engineering we have made the device powered from the 3.5mm headphone socket and shrunk the whole device by 30%.
Mogees: making noise around the world since 2012
Mogees : It really is this simple to use...
The Mogees software app has been developed in collaboration with the researcher and composer Carmine Emanuele Cella, and it is still a work in progress. All began at, and has been inspired by, the Ircam Real-Time Musical Interactions (IMTR) in Paris and the Goldsmiths Embodied AudioVisual Interaction (EAVI) in London.
Bruno wishes to thank his PhD supervisors Frederic Bevilacqua, Marco Gillies and Mark d'Inverno for their constant support; Plaid for their enthusiasm in the project and patience with my software bugs; Norbert Schnell and Lorenzo Pagliei for their inspirations; Adam Lieber and Simone Bressello for the videos and brilliant ideas, and Camila Jurado for all the rest.
Risks and challenges
Hardware: We have established a relationship with a manufacturer who has the capacity to produce the quantities required. The hardware design is complete and we are ready to start producing the initial batch of Mogees. Delays in production can occur due to factors beyond our control, but all indications are that such delays would be unexpected rather than anticipated.
iOS: the iOS app was used in the demonstrations of Mogees shown in the video(s) on this page. Although beta testing and enhancements will continue until pre-launch, the functionality described on this page can currently be delivered in iOS.
Android: Due to issues with audio latency on the Android OS, there is a risk with the development of the Android app. We are deliberately requiring Android users to be using the latest release of the OS to try and mitigate any risk that the Android hardware platform will not be powerful enough to run the Mogees app and in the hope that by deployment, forthcoming releases of Android will have addressed the latency issues.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Mo- (rhymes with 'Go') Gees (Soft G and rhymes with 'trees')
Not at all. Depending on the mode you select, it can be really easy!
Mogees modified the acoustic properties of physical objects so as to make them musical.
The Mogees sensor is a special contact microphone with an impedance matcher optimised to work with smartphones.
What it does is convert the vibrations that we make when interacting with objects into electric signal which is then sent to the software app.
The app analyses such signal, extract properties such as timbre, envelope and pitch and then modifies them so as to convert your gestures into music on the fly.
The sound is generated using an audio synthesis technique inspired to audio physical modelling, in order to create a tight coupling between your gesture, the object you selected and the sound generated.
An academic publication of the algorithm is on its way!
Only if you want to :)
Through the app, you can select the sound you want to use amongst the default ones. You can also create your own sounds just in one click, ‘capturing’ them from the sounds of the real world using the ‘capture’ function.
With the PRO version we can then edit their physical parameters through the app.
In the “Song mode” and in the “Remote mode”, you can play as many notes as you want, based respectively on the notes present in the MIDI file or sent from the computer.
In the “Free” mode, this depends on the sound properties of the object you play, as well as the ‘exciters’ you use to play (can be your hands or anything else you can find).
However, bear in mind that the algorithm that we are using for detection is constantly improving and in two months may be radically different, uh! :)
Strictly speaking, no. The audio synthesis technique that we use is inspired by audio physical modelling, but it does not try to emulate any specific object in particular.
No, because Mogees connects to the headsets socket of the phone, which is only one. When we get funded, we may start working on a wireless version!
You can control all the parameters of Mogees from Ableton via WiFi, to keep it in sync with your songs and change parameters and effects remotely.
Then you can either connect the line-out of your phone to your sound card to go back to Ableton, or send it straight to the mixer desk.
Most smart devices actually turn off the internal speaker when a microphone is connected. You can use headphones to listen in as you search your world for new sounds or if you prefer - the jack which connects to the Mogees unit has a 3.5mm passthrough connector enabling you to send the sounds to any output device big or small.
Can the Mogee be used to record the "natural" sound of an object? (Without "altering their acoustic properties".)
Yes absolutely. There is a "bypass" function that let you listening and recording the sound as it comes from the microphone. Ideal for mobile field recordings.
Educational consultants believe that Mogees is ideally positioned to fit into the UK National Curriculum for Music, Computing and Design and Technology. We think it will work brilliantly in schools all over the world and has already been selected for an EU-funded research project to improve musical education.
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