Bloco is an experimental instrument that explores the connection between sound and touch.
Inspired by the phenomenon of synesthesia, it aims to make it easier for people to understand synthesis and the similarities between textures, distance, and sound. The instrument consists of various blocks, each with different functions that can be combined to create unique sounds. The first block acts as a pitch controller, similar to a theremin, while the others have a matrix of touch-sensitive points that allow for modulation of tone and frequency. This creates a distinctive relationship between touch and sound, which was the mean goal of the design. Although still in the conceptual stage, the vision is to challenge conventional thinking and reveal patterns and connections that have been previously overlooked.
The concept has been created by Gerda Nagy within the framework of her job application to maform. Further developments and design has been made in collaboration with our team.