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! :)
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.
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.