Reactable: Intro & Training
REACTABLE: AN INTRODUCTION & TRAINING
Presented by Joseph Carringer & Josh Harris (who also perform together as BASTINADO powered by Reactable @ Bella Terra 2013)
The Reactable Live! is a computer music instrument with a revolutionary interface and innovative sound and visualisation technologies. It makes performance of live electronic music a visual and interactive experience and allows the player to have complete control over the music that is generated and permits the audience to follow each step of the performer.
The Reactable is based on the concept of modular synthesizers. It consists of several transparent blocks each of which represents a different processing module. By putting these objects on the table surface the modules are activated and their state is visualized on the table screen. Parameters of the sound processing modules can be changed by rotating them and through touch gestures on the table surface.
This makes it possible to have exact control over parameters and to change several at the same time. It is possible for more people to play the Reactable simultaneously. When a camera is put above the table and its image projected to a screen all of the interaction of the musician can be seen by the audience.
The Reactable was conceived and developed since 2003 by a research team at the Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona. Sergi Jordà, Martin Kaltenbrunner, Günter Geiger and Marcos Alonso presented their creation for the first time in a public concert at the International Computer Music Conference 2005 in Barcelona.
After this successful introduction to the research community, the instrument got known to a wider audience when the team released several demonstration videos on Youtube in late 2006, which up to now have been watched by more than four million people. This includes eminent musicians such as Icelandic singer-songwriter Björk, who after seeing the demonstration videos, successfully incorporated the Reactable on her last 18-months world tour Volta, where Damian Taylor played the Reactable at the big stage during about 80 concerts. In parallel, during the last two years, the Reactable team has given more than 150 presentations and concerts in more than 30 countries.
Following an overwhelming response within the blogosphere, the Reactable was featured in various major TV and print magazines, becoming one of the most popular and worldwide acclaimed new musical instruments of the early 21st century. Declared the Hot Instrument of the Year by the Rolling Stone Magazine (2007), the Reactable has also received several prestigious international awards such as the Prix Ars Electronica Golden Nica for Digital Musics (2008), two D&AD Yellow Pencil Awards (2008), the MIDEM Hottest Music Biz Start-Up Award (2008) or the prize Ciutat de Barcelona (2007).
Workshop facilitator Josh Harris started to bring the world of rock and dance together with remixes for The Killers, KoRn and The Lovemakers. To date, Josh has been a part of over 300 remixes, either as producer, programmer or engineer. In 2007 and 2008, Josh was nominated for the IDMA (International Dance Music Association) “Best Remixer”. Some of his music has been used in “America’s Next Top Model”, MTV’s “Room Raiders” and “Damage Control”. In 2012, Josh assisted James Murphy of LCD Sound System in mixing the band’s full length concert DVD of their final show at Madison Square Garden.
Joseph Carringer and Josh Harris will be performing live as BASTINADO for their late night set at Bella Terra 2013. BASTINADO fuses the most cutting-edge piece of European musical technology, the Reactable Live with the ancient sounds of the didgeridoo., feauting all original music that is arranged ‘on the fly’ and in a continuous mix, featuring Josh Harris on Reactable Live and Joseph B. Carringer on didgeridoo.