Roli Inspire Block Design Project
This is my graduate class project, and in this project I designed for ROLI, an innovative brand of music products. the most important features of ROLI's products are their modularity and tactility, so I designed a new module combining these features.
Nowadays, more young people want to create own music, but how to "start" composing is often the hardest part. The moment of inspiration is important, and how to better capture that moment so that they can better start creating music is the problem I want to solve.
For this purpose, I have designed three ideas:
Collection of actions while listening to music
Design earphones and earphone cases as a way to collect subconscious or active movements of the head and hands while listening to music. To "imitate" other people's drums and start composing with it.
Draw random curves and find groove
Designing a product interface can draw curves, and then try random attempts again and again to find that "surprise groove" and continue to create from there.
Design an audio interface that recognizes humming and converts the hummed melody into the sound of other instruments. By this way, finally add some decorative melodies or musical elements to the music
To experiment with this, I invited five people to try to create music according to the above three ideas, and the final result is that these methods are possible for people with no musical background to create music.
Beginning music users of Roli
Roli users' character
Passionate about innovative music products
There is a need to create music anywhere, anytime, so they need portable modular products
They like geeky products and they are mostly young males
Like tactile music products
Roli design language research
Main shape is usually square
Soft surface material
3D print mock-up
Earbuds and earbuds case recognize body movement with music and convert to rhythm
People often dance their bodies while listening to music, and these movements are rhythmic according to my research. Also these rhythms would be good inspiration for drum beats if they could be recognized. So the earbuds part can recognize the head movement, and when the earbuds case is held in the hand it can also recognize the hand movement. These movements are finally displayed as dots on the earbuds case, and the user just needs to give the drum tone to these dots and they can get a drum beat.
Draw a random curve on the light pad of the earbuds case and get a melody at the same time
For some users who have no skill of musical instruments, they cannot smoothly try out the melody they want by playing a certain instrument. Also, because they are not skilled, they often cannot care the rhythm of the melody, which leads to a rhythmless melody. By experimenting with random curves, I found that they can get surprising melodies with interesting rhythms by this way. With the scale lock function enabled, the spacing between the horizontal points of the curve can represent the rhythm, and the vertical spacing can represent the interval.
Get the decorative elements of music by humming
After using the first two methods the user has got the rhythm and melody, at this point the user can decorate the music by humming. Humming is the most instinctive way for people to express music, which is not necessary to learn. So my product can recognize humming and automatically correct it to a pitch that matches the music theory, and then the user can translate their humming into the tones of other instruments. When the user puts the earbuds and earbuds case on the base, they can connect the product to other Roli modules. At the same time the gap between the products allows the user's hum to be transmitted directly into the earbud's mic.
"it looks like a great idea using Kinesthetic movement to generate music. I would love to see more about this."
Robin S Beauchamp
SCAD Music Professor
"First, let me say that your ideas are wonderful....maybe not immediately possible, but definitely innovative and fun and creative !!
it does seem reasonable that an extension application to earbuds would be interesting and would also promote musical ideas, feelings and basic human extensions for much of our world population.... even the disabled, (socially, mentally & physically) and autistic populations...which are very large on planet earth at this time.
I really love the idea of being able to swipe my finger to get a melody."
SCAD Music Professor