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Ototo Turns the Produce Aisle into an Extraordinary Organic Orchestra

by , 02/05/14

ototo, dentaku, london, synthesizer, fruits, vegetables, open source, kickstarter

Ever dreamed of owning a melodic melon, harmonious horseradish, or pitch-perfect pineapple? The Ototo synthesizer developed by London-based Dentaku allows musicians of any level to turn the produce aisle into an orchestra. Powered either by batteries or a USB cable, the device is set up like a piano keyboard with 12 different notes. Two alligator clips attach to the inanimate object of choice, and a simple touch of the hand creates a sound. A built-in speaker and headphone port allows players to take their band on the go, or amplify their instruments.


ototo, dentaku, london, synthesizer, fruits, vegetables, open source, kickstarter

The Ototo also comes with four sensors that modify the quality of the sounds when the desired object is touched. To add more variety to the electronic ensemble, Dentaku offers different sensors that can be connected to the board. The Breath sensor changes its sound with air flow, the Slider and Touch strip use pressure to bend notes, the Force attachment relies on pressure, a Light sensor depends on available photons, Rotation works with spin, and the Joystick lets the musician manipulate two notes at once. A 128 Mbit flash memory can play back samples, and – once connected with a USB to a computer -functions as a MIDI controller.

Ototo is built using open-source software, and the creators look forward to musical minds everywhere contributing to their invention. Dentaku hopes to raise a little over $80,000 on Kickstarter to make their eclectic ensemble possible. If funded, each Ototo will cost roughly $73 and ship to backers in June. To hear a sample of these unusual compositions, check out their Kickstarter page.

+ Dentaku

Via the Daily Mail

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