‘Noisy Jelly’ is an amazing prototype project created by two students at Paris’s ‘L’Ensci Les Ateliers’ – Raphaël Pluvinage and Marianne Cauvard. The project works as a game – asking players to make and mould their own unique colored shapes out of jelly. Once the jelly has set it becomes a unique musical instrument unlike anything I’ve seen before. The video above shows exactly how the project works and the finished result really is fantastic looking. Pluvinage and Cauvard are also quick to add that there is absolutely no sound editing in the video – what you see is what you get!
Working on parts of Arduino and Max/Msp, the prototype uses a combination of elements to define the sounds that it creates. From the wiggling of the jelly, to the natural pressure sensitivity of it, and the vibrations of the finger – ‘Noisy Jelly’ combines these elements to create a spectrum of sounds which perfectly suits the oddness of Jelly. It’s a fantastic concept and one which I can imagine kids of all ages would love. Hopefully this project moves on from just being a prototype and someday soon becomes a reality.